Lynden 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 index118115100
Goods & Services index109106100
Groceries index106107100
Health care index123119100
Housing index139135100
Transportation index118117100
Utilities index9596100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Lynden, WA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Washington the cost of living index in Lynden, WA is 118, which is 2% higher than the average in Washington and compared to the national average it is 18% 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 Lynden, WA goods and services come in at 3% higher than the average in Washington and are 9% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Lynden is 2% higher than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Lynden is 18% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Lynden is 39% 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Lynden, WA to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Lynden, WA, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Lynden, WA salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Lynden, 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 Lynden, WA, the median monthly income is $67,923 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,585 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $34,106, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $796 on monthly rental expenses.

Washington Sales Tax

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Washington Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Lynden, 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

ItemLyndenNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.99$15.569.2%
Beauty Salon $33.33$36.117.7%
Toothpaste $2.97$2.4720.1%
Shampoo $1.37$0.9642.3%
Movie $11.90$10.1317.5%
Bowling $3.92$4.7417.3%


ItemLyndenNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.39$3.9810.3%
Fried Chicken $2.23$1.4158.5%
Milk $2.23$2.067.9%
Potatoes $2.47$2.9817.3%
Pizza $9.60$9.471.3%
Beer $9.59$8.799.0%

Health Care

ItemLyndenNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $166.91$101.0465.2%
Doctor $134.83$107.4425.5%
Dentist $112.67$90.4224.6%
Ibuprofen $11.39$9.2822.8%
Lipitor $428.40$426.500.4%


ItemLyndenNational avg.Difference
Home Price $274,000.00$175,700.0055.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,540.11$1,133.2335.9%
Apartment Rent $904.00$920.001.7%


ItemLyndenNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.45$1.9923.2%
Tire Balancing $48.54$45.766.1%


ItemLyndenNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$151.32$163.817.6%
Phone $27.99$28.391.4%
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.
Peaceful Valley, WA3,8931011%
Everson, WA2,5281088%
Sumas, WA1,2561099%
Nooksack, WA1,5651099%
Kendall, WA19711212%
Lynden, WA12,57911818%

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Lynden, WA12,57911818%
Source: The Lynden, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.