Elk Plain cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexElk PlainWashingtonNational
Cost of living index110112100
IndexElk PlainWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index112104100
Groceries index95102100
Health care index122116100
Housing index113135100
Transportation index107108100
Utilities index10983100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Elk Plain, WA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Washington and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Elk Plain, WA is 110, which is 2% lower than the Washington average and 10% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Elk Plain, WA are 8% higher than the average for Washington and 12% higher than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Elk Plain is 2% lower than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Elk Plain is 10% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Elk Plain is 13% higher than the national average.
  • Washington general sales tax is 28% higher than the national average.
  • Washington state income tax is 100% lower than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$69,464$5,789$1,621$2,084
Renters$49,483$4,124$1,155$1,485
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Elk Plain, WA by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Elk Plain, WA have a median income of $69,464. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,621 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $49,483, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $1,155.

Washington Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Washington6.5%9.6%

Washington Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Washington0%0%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Elk Plain, WA is the Washington sales tax and Washington income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Washington sales tax rate is 6.5% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 9.6%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Washington income tax rates range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemElk PlainNational avg.Difference
Haircut $11.40$14.5921.9%
Beauty Salon $29.60$34.6814.6%
Toothpaste $2.73$2.4710.4%
Shampoo $1.01$1.021.2%
Movie $12.20$9.8723.6%
Bowling $4.52$4.392.9%

Groceries

ItemElk PlainNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.10$4.488.4%
Fried Chicken $1.26$1.4613.9%
Milk $2.33$2.361.1%
Potatoes $1.78$3.0641.9%
Pizza $12.00$9.2429.8%
Beer $8.31$8.633.7%

Health Care

ItemElk PlainNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $151.00$99.7851.3%
Doctor $127.67$105.0321.6%
Dentist $109.00$88.7022.9%
Ibuprofen $12.01$9.4127.6%
Lipitor $329.60$298.5010.4%

Housing

ItemElk PlainNational avg.Difference
Home Price $186,600.00$175,700.006.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $946.00$1,081.0312.5%
Apartment Rent $1,198.00$920.0030.2%

Transportation

ItemElk PlainNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.24$2.097.1%
Tire Balancing $48.00$45.296.0%

Utilities

ItemElk PlainNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$135.34$170.8020.8%
Phone $42.37$28.2649.9%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Ketron Island, WA01088%
North Puyallup, WA1,74697-3%
Midland, WA8,5261044%
Kapowsin, WA2101044%
Carbonado, WA5301044%
Elk Plain, WA13,94711010%

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Elk Plain, WA13,94711010%
Source: The Elk Plain, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.