Kirkland 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 index157115100
Goods & Services index136106100
Groceries index125107100
Health care index128119100
Housing index215135100
Transportation index139117100
Utilities index12396100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Kirkland, WA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Washington the cost of living index in Kirkland, WA is 157, which is 36% higher than the average in Washington and compared to the national average it is 57% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Kirkland, WA goods and services come in at 28% higher than the average in Washington and are 36% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Kirkland is 36% higher than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Kirkland is 57% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Kirkland is 115% 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 meant to help you compare your salary in Kirkland, WA to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Kirkland, WA, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Kirkland, WA salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Kirkland, 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 Kirkland, WA homeowners, is $107,428. This would allow for a maximum of $2,506 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $64,017 which would result in a maximum of $1,494 to be spent on rental costs.

Washington Sales Tax

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Washington Income Tax

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When assessing the complete cost of living in Kirkland, WA, the Washington income tax and the Washington sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Washington maximum surtax is 9.6%, and the Washington sales tax is 6.5%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 0% to 0% in Washington.

Goods & Services

ItemKirklandNational 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%


ItemKirklandNational 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

ItemKirklandNational 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%


ItemKirklandNational avg.Difference
Home Price $424,700.00$175,700.00141.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,927.46$1,133.2370.1%
Apartment Rent $1,398.00$920.0052.0%


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


ItemKirklandNational 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.
White Center, WA14,22812929%
Boulevard Park, WA4,02712929%
Monroe, WA17,56411515%
Kingston, WA2,07913333%
North Lynnwood, WA17,60211616%
Kirkland, WA83,32015757%

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Kirkland, WA83,32015757%
Source: The Kirkland, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.