Lacey 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.
IndexLaceyWashingtonNational
Cost of living index108112100
IndexLaceyWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index101104100
Groceries index106102100
Health care index118116100
Housing index126135100
Transportation index110108100
Utilities index7483100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Lacey, WA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Lacey, WA being 108, that puts it 3% lower than the average of Washington and 8% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Lacey, WA, the price of goods and services are 2% lower than the average of Washington as well as 1% higher than the nation's average.

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  • The cost of living in Lacey is 3% lower than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Lacey is 8% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Lacey is 26% 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$74,772$6,231$1,745$2,243
Renters$45,659$3,805$1,065$1,370
The affordability of the housing market in Lacey, WA as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Lacey, WA homeowners, the median income is $74,772. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,745 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $45,659. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $1,065 used for their rent related monthly costs.

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 Lacey, 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

ItemLaceyNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.79$14.5915.1%
Beauty Salon $40.29$34.6816.2%
Toothpaste $2.49$2.470.7%
Shampoo $1.18$1.0215.5%
Movie $9.92$9.870.5%
Bowling $3.67$4.3916.4%

Groceries

ItemLaceyNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.51$4.4821.6%
Fried Chicken $1.81$1.4623.6%
Milk $2.59$2.369.9%
Potatoes $2.49$3.0618.7%
Pizza $10.00$9.248.2%
Beer $9.05$8.634.8%

Health Care

ItemLaceyNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $142.50$99.7842.8%
Doctor $114.65$105.039.2%
Dentist $120.08$88.7035.4%
Ibuprofen $10.07$9.417.0%
Lipitor $299.73$298.500.4%

Housing

ItemLaceyNational avg.Difference
Home Price $224,400.00$175,700.0027.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,072.15$1,081.030.8%
Apartment Rent $1,107.00$920.0020.3%

Transportation

ItemLaceyNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.34$2.0911.8%
Tire Balancing $47.13$45.294.1%

Utilities

ItemLaceyNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$129.63$170.8024.1%
Phone $20.01$28.2629.2%
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.
Ketron Island, WA01088%
Tenino, WA1,88795-5%
Nisqually Indian Community, WA65598-2%
Shelton, WA9,79898-2%
Roy, WA654100-0%
Lacey, WA44,0311088%

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Lacey, WA44,0311088%
Source: The Lacey, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.