Fort Lewis 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.
IndexFort LewisWashingtonNational
Cost of living index123112100
IndexFort LewisWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index112104100
Groceries index95102100
Health care index122116100
Housing index156135100
Transportation index107108100
Utilities index10983100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Fort Lewis, WA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Fort Lewis, WA being 123, that puts it 10% higher than the average of Washington and 23% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Fort Lewis, WA, the price of goods and services are 8% higher than the average of Washington as well as 12% higher than the nation's average.

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  • The cost of living in Fort Lewis is 10% higher than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Fort Lewis is 23% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Fort Lewis is 56% 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$0$0$0$0
Renters$45,231$3,769$1,055$1,357
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Fort Lewis, 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 Fort Lewis, WA have a median income of $0. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $0 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $45,231, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $1,055.

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 Fort Lewis, 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

ItemFort LewisNational 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

ItemFort LewisNational 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

ItemFort LewisNational 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

ItemFort LewisNational avg.Difference
Home Price $0.00$175,700.00100.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $946.00$1,081.0312.5%
Apartment Rent $1,437.00$920.0056.2%

Transportation

ItemFort LewisNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.24$2.097.1%
Tire Balancing $48.00$45.296.0%

Utilities

ItemFort LewisNational 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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Ketron Island, WA01088%
North Puyallup, WA1,74697-3%
Nisqually Indian Community, WA65598-2%
Midland, WA8,5261044%
Kapowsin, WA2101044%
Fort Lewis, WA13,77612323%

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Fort Lewis, WA13,77612323%
Source: The Fort Lewis, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.