Kelso 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.
IndexKelsoWashingtonNational
Cost of living index99115100
IndexKelsoWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index120106100
Groceries index117107100
Health care index110119100
Housing index72135100
Transportation index108117100
Utilities index7896100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Kelso, WA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Kelso, WA is 99, which is 14% lower than the Washington average and 1% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Kelso, WA are 14% higher than the Washington average and 20% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Kelso is 14% lower than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Kelso is 1% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Kelso is 28% lower 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$39,421$3,285$920$1,183
Renters$25,744$2,145$601$772
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Kelso, WA, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Kelso, WA has a median income of about $39,421 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $920 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $25,744. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $601 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Washington Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Washington6.5%9.6%

Washington Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Washington0%0%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Kelso, WA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Washington, as well as the rate for income tax in Washington. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Washington is 9.6%, and the sales tax in the state of Washington is 6.5%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Washington starts from 0% and goes up to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemKelsoNational avg.Difference
Haircut $25.26$15.5662.3%
Beauty Salon $54.47$36.1150.9%
Toothpaste $3.91$2.4758.1%
Shampoo $1.08$0.9611.6%
Movie $10.56$10.134.3%
Bowling $4.31$4.749.1%

Groceries

ItemKelsoNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.36$3.9834.4%
Fried Chicken $1.66$1.4118.2%
Milk $2.18$2.065.5%
Potatoes $2.10$2.9829.7%
Pizza $10.33$9.479.0%
Beer $9.67$8.7910.0%

Health Care

ItemKelsoNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $122.67$101.0421.4%
Doctor $121.58$107.4413.2%
Dentist $102.13$90.4213.0%
Ibuprofen $10.28$9.2810.8%
Lipitor $403.09$426.505.5%

Housing

ItemKelsoNational avg.Difference
Home Price $115,900.00$175,700.0034.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,625.94$1,133.2343.5%
Apartment Rent $780.00$920.0015.2%

Transportation

ItemKelsoNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.58$1.9929.6%
Tire Balancing $26.80$45.7641.4%

Utilities

ItemKelsoNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$145.06$163.8111.4%
Phone $18.23$28.3935.8%
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.
Deer Island, OR42197-3%
Castle Rock, WA2,0301011%
Rainier, OR1,9081044%
Longview, WA36,5891055%
West Side Highway, WA5,6591077%
Kelso, WA11,83799-1%

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Federal Heights, CO11,83584-16%
Schiller Park, IL11,8421077%
Los Alamos, NM11,84311010%
Cusseta-Chattahoochee County, GA11,84689-11%
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Kelso, WA11,83799-1%
Source: The Kelso, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.