Kenmore 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.
Cost of living index151115100
Goods & Services index136106100
Groceries index125107100
Health care index128119100
Housing index196135100
Transportation index139117100
Utilities index12396100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Kenmore, WA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Kenmore, WA enjoy a cost of living index of 151. This index is 31% higher than the Washington average, and 51% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Kenmore, WA, the average cost of goods and services is 28% higher than it is in Washington, and it is 36% higher than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Kenmore is 31% higher than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Kenmore is 51% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Kenmore is 96% 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

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The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Kenmore, WA as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Kenmore, WA homeowners, is $102,396. This would allow for a maximum of $2,389 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $46,682 which would result in a maximum of $1,089 to be spent on rental costs.

Washington Sales Tax

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Washington Income Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in Kenmore, WA you will want to make sure you consider both the Washington sales tax and the Washington income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Washington is 6.5%, with the highest surtax being 9.6%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Washington have a range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemKenmoreNational avg.Difference
Haircut $30.89$15.5698.5%
Beauty Salon $41.78$36.1115.7%
Toothpaste $3.08$2.4724.7%
Shampoo $1.25$0.9629.5%
Movie $12.92$10.1327.5%
Bowling $5.53$4.7416.7%


ItemKenmoreNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.18$3.9829.9%
Fried Chicken $2.03$1.4144.3%
Milk $2.16$2.064.5%
Potatoes $2.22$2.9825.4%
Pizza $11.04$9.4716.5%
Beer $10.27$8.7916.8%

Health Care

ItemKenmoreNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $144.61$101.0443.1%
Doctor $120.50$107.4412.2%
Dentist $136.74$90.4251.2%
Ibuprofen $10.57$9.2813.9%
Lipitor $444.02$426.504.1%


ItemKenmoreNational avg.Difference
Home Price $392,900.00$175,700.00123.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,927.46$1,133.2370.1%
Apartment Rent $1,196.00$920.0030.0%


ItemKenmoreNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.80$1.9940.3%
Tire Balancing $61.99$45.7635.5%


ItemKenmoreNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$188.83$163.8115.3%
Phone $38.33$28.3935.0%
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.
Port Gamble Tribal Community, WA89911919%
Everett, WA104,70811212%
Manchester, WA5,08113232%
Monroe, WA17,56411515%
Kingston, WA2,07913333%
Kenmore, WA21,26315151%

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Orchards, WA21,25911010%
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Oxford, AL21,25088-12%
Harvey, LA21,24794-6%
Kenmore, WA21,26315151%
Source: The Kenmore, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.