Key Center 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.
IndexKey CenterWashingtonNational
Cost of living index120115100
IndexKey CenterWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index111106100
Groceries index101107100
Health care index116119100
Housing index147135100
Transportation index103117100
Utilities index11096100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Key Center, WA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Key Center, WA enjoy a cost of living index of 120. This index is 4% higher than the Washington average, and 20% 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 Key Center, WA, the average cost of goods and services is 5% higher than it is in Washington, and it is 11% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Key Center is 4% higher than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Key Center is 20% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Key Center is 47% 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Key Center, WA to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Key Center, WA, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Key Center, WA salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$68,017$5,668$1,587$2,041
Renters$34,643$2,887$808$1,039
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Key Center, 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 Key Center, WA, the median monthly income is $68,017 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,587 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $34,643, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $808 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 Key Center, 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

ItemKey CenterNational 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

ItemKey CenterNational 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

ItemKey CenterNational 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

ItemKey CenterNational avg.Difference
Home Price $276,400.00$175,700.0057.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $980.58$1,133.2313.5%
Apartment Rent $1,135.00$920.0023.4%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemKey CenterNational 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.
Ketron Island, WA01088%
Belfair, WA3,5081044%
Parkland, WA36,2631055%
Grapeview, WA9991077%
Burley, WA1,6291088%
Key Center, WA4,17212020%

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Mojave, CA4,17292-8%
Euharlee, GA4,17296-4%
Williamstown, MA4,17312727%
Rockmart, GA4,17488-12%
Heritage Hills, NY4,17415252%
Key Center, WA4,17212020%
Source: The Key Center, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.