Fircrest 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.
IndexFircrestWashingtonNational
Cost of living index119115100
IndexFircrestWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index111106100
Groceries index101107100
Health care index116119100
Housing index145135100
Transportation index103117100
Utilities index11096100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Fircrest, WA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Washington the cost of living index in Fircrest, WA is 119, which is 3% higher than the average in Washington and compared to the national average it is 19% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Fircrest, WA goods and services come in at 5% higher than the average in Washington and are 11% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Fircrest is 3% higher than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Fircrest is 19% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Fircrest is 45% 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$77,346$6,446$1,805$2,321
Renters$37,435$3,120$873$1,123
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Fircrest, WA, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Fircrest, WA, the median monthly income is $77,346 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,805 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $37,435, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $873 on monthly rental expenses.

Washington Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Washington6.5%9.6%

Washington Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Washington0%0%
The Washington sales tax and Washington income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Fircrest, WA. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Washington sales tax is 6.5% and the maximum surtax is 9.6%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Washington income tax rates range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemFircrestNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.93$15.5610.5%
Beauty Salon $25.62$36.1129.0%
Toothpaste $2.96$2.4719.7%
Shampoo $1.11$0.9615.0%
Movie $12.14$10.1319.9%
Bowling $4.51$4.744.7%

Groceries

ItemFircrestNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.97$3.980.4%
Fried Chicken $1.36$1.413.6%
Milk $1.94$2.066.0%
Potatoes $2.61$2.9812.4%
Pizza $12.00$9.4726.6%
Beer $9.17$8.794.3%

Health Care

ItemFircrestNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $146.40$101.0444.9%
Doctor $146.33$107.4436.2%
Dentist $97.50$90.427.8%
Ibuprofen $10.21$9.2810.1%
Lipitor $422.57$426.500.9%

Housing

ItemFircrestNational avg.Difference
Home Price $271,600.00$175,700.0054.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $980.58$1,133.2313.5%
Apartment Rent $1,117.00$920.0021.4%

Transportation

ItemFircrestNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.36$1.9918.5%
Tire Balancing $30.97$45.7632.3%

Utilities

ItemFircrestNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$132.40$163.8119.2%
Phone $42.68$28.3950.3%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Ketron Island, WA01088%
North Puyallup, WA1,74697-3%
Nisqually Indian Community, WA6551011%
Midland, WA8,5261044%
Parkland, WA36,2631055%
Fircrest, WA6,59211919%

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Fircrest, WA6,59211919%
Source: The Fircrest, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.