Manchester 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.
IndexManchesterWashingtonNational
Cost of living index132115100
IndexManchesterWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index136106100
Groceries index125107100
Health care index128119100
Housing index132135100
Transportation index139117100
Utilities index12396100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Manchester, WA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Manchester, WA enjoy a cost of living index of 132. This index is 14% higher than the Washington average, and 32% 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 Manchester, WA, the average cost of goods and services is 28% higher than it is in Washington, and it is 36% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Manchester is 14% higher than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Manchester is 32% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Manchester is 32% 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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Use the salary calculator to compare your current income in Manchester, WA to any other city in the country. The calculator will tell you how much income you would need to make in a particular city to live at the same level based on the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the city you are looking to move to is higher than that of Manchester, WA, then you would need to earn a higher salary in order to enjoy the same standard of living. To use the Manchester, WA salary calculator, enter the name of the new city, then move the slider to your current salary level. The salary calculator will do the rest and let you know if your salary would need to increase or decrease for the new city. You will also see a complete overview of the cost of living.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$80,729$6,727$1,884$2,422
Renters$54,460$4,538$1,271$1,634
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Manchester, WA, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Manchester, WA has a median income of about $80,729 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,884 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $54,460. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,271 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

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 Manchester, 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

ItemManchesterNational 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%

Groceries

ItemManchesterNational 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

ItemManchesterNational 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%

Housing

ItemManchesterNational avg.Difference
Home Price $242,100.00$175,700.0037.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,927.46$1,133.2370.1%
Apartment Rent $1,098.00$920.0019.3%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemManchesterNational 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.
Navy Yard City, WA2,59011616%
Belfair, WA3,5081044%
Bremerton, WA38,66412323%
Grapeview, WA9991077%
Burley, WA1,6291088%
Manchester, WA5,08113232%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Fairfield, IL5,08077-23%
Penns Grove, NJ5,08299-1%
Bright, IN5,07994-6%
Shenandoah, IA5,07981-19%
Stansbury Park, UT5,0791044%
Manchester, WA5,08113232%
Source: The Manchester, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.