Kent 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.
IndexKentWashingtonNational
Cost of living index116115100
IndexKentWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index111106100
Groceries index101107100
Health care index116119100
Housing index133135100
Transportation index103117100
Utilities index11096100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Kent, WA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Washington and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Kent, WA is 116, which is equal to the Washington average and 16% 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 Kent, WA are 5% higher than the average for Washington and 11% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Kent is equal to the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Kent is 16% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Kent is 33% 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$83,738$6,978$1,954$2,512
Renters$34,688$2,891$809$1,041
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 Kent, 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. Kent, WA has a median income of about $83,738 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,954 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $34,688. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $809 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%
The Washington sales tax and Washington income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Kent, 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

ItemKentNational 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

ItemKentNational 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

ItemKentNational 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

ItemKentNational avg.Difference
Home Price $251,000.00$175,700.0042.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $980.58$1,133.2313.5%
Apartment Rent $1,012.00$920.0010.0%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemKentNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
North Puyallup, WA1,74697-3%
Midland, WA8,5261044%
Algona, WA3,0901099%
Tacoma, WA201,79411010%
Pacific, WA6,84511111%
Kent, WA122,62011616%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Denton, TX122,74290-10%
Lafayette, LA123,52896-4%
Surprise, AZ121,6481000%
Roseville, CA124,25012727%
Abilene, TX120,77684-16%
Kent, WA122,62011616%
Source: The Kent, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.