Lake Stevens 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.
IndexLake StevensWashingtonNational
Cost of living index116115100
IndexLake StevensWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index106106100
Groceries index113107100
Health care index125119100
Housing index138135100
Transportation index115117100
Utilities index8996100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Lake Stevens, WA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Washington and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Lake Stevens, WA is 116, which is 1% higher than 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 Lake Stevens, WA are equal to the average for Washington and 6% higher than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Lake Stevens is 1% higher than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Lake Stevens is 16% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Lake Stevens is 38% 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$81,726$6,811$1,907$2,452
Renters$47,355$3,946$1,105$1,421
The affordability of the housing market in Lake Stevens, 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 Lake Stevens, WA homeowners, the median income is $81,726. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,907 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $47,355. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $1,105 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 you are determining the total cost of living in Lake Stevens, 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

ItemLake StevensNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.75$15.567.6%
Beauty Salon $39.71$36.1110.0%
Toothpaste $2.60$2.475.3%
Shampoo $1.09$0.9612.6%
Movie $11.93$10.1317.8%
Bowling $4.30$4.749.2%

Groceries

ItemLake StevensNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.76$3.985.6%
Fried Chicken $2.43$1.4172.8%
Milk $1.95$2.065.5%
Potatoes $3.53$2.9818.3%
Pizza $10.21$9.477.8%
Beer $9.14$8.794.0%

Health Care

ItemLake StevensNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $139.95$101.0438.5%
Doctor $148.81$107.4438.5%
Dentist $115.96$90.4228.3%
Ibuprofen $10.70$9.2815.3%
Lipitor $427.75$426.500.3%

Housing

ItemLake StevensNational avg.Difference
Home Price $245,300.00$175,700.0039.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,505.16$1,133.2332.8%
Apartment Rent $1,247.00$920.0035.5%

Transportation

ItemLake StevensNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.33$1.9916.9%
Tire Balancing $50.47$45.7610.3%

Utilities

ItemLake StevensNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$139.21$163.8115.0%
Phone $26.68$28.396.0%
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.
Hat Island, WA181077%
Silvana, WA15211212%
Granite Falls, WA3,41611010%
Sultan, WA4,71511010%
Canyon Creek, WA3,23011010%
Lake Stevens, WA29,25811616%

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Lake Stevens, WA29,25811616%
Source: The Lake Stevens, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.