Mill Creek East 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.
IndexMill Creek EastWashingtonNational
Cost of living index131112100
IndexMill Creek EastWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index106104100
Groceries index105102100
Health care index124116100
Housing index191135100
Transportation index115108100
Utilities index8983100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Mill Creek East, WA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Mill Creek East, WA enjoy a cost of living index of 131. This index is 18% higher than the Washington average, and 31% 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 Mill Creek East, WA, the average cost of goods and services is 2% higher than it is in Washington, and it is 6% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Mill Creek East is 18% higher than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Mill Creek East is 31% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Mill Creek East is 91% 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 Mill Creek East, 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 Mill Creek East, WA, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Mill Creek East, 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)
Owners$105,562$8,797$2,463$3,167
Renters$60,508$5,042$1,412$1,815
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 Mill Creek East, 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. Mill Creek East, WA has a median income of about $105,562 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $2,463 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $60,508. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,412 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 Mill Creek East, 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

ItemMill Creek EastNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.29$14.5918.5%
Beauty Salon $45.25$34.6830.5%
Toothpaste $2.55$2.473.1%
Shampoo $1.17$1.0214.5%
Movie $11.47$9.8716.2%
Bowling $3.62$4.3917.6%

Groceries

ItemMill Creek EastNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.63$4.483.4%
Fried Chicken $1.59$1.468.6%
Milk $1.94$2.3617.7%
Potatoes $2.49$3.0618.7%
Pizza $10.00$9.248.2%
Beer $9.05$8.634.8%

Health Care

ItemMill Creek EastNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $148.13$99.7848.5%
Doctor $148.90$105.0341.8%
Dentist $111.60$88.7025.8%
Ibuprofen $10.39$9.4110.4%
Lipitor $301.93$298.501.1%

Housing

ItemMill Creek EastNational avg.Difference
Home Price $346,000.00$175,700.0096.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,307.24$1,081.0320.9%
Apartment Rent $1,639.00$920.0078.2%

Transportation

ItemMill Creek EastNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.43$2.0916.3%
Tire Balancing $50.00$45.2910.4%

Utilities

ItemMill Creek EastNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$129.79$170.8024.0%
Phone $29.99$28.266.1%
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.
Hat Island, WA181066%
Everett, WA104,70811111%
Marysville, WA62,47211313%
Monroe, WA17,56411414%
Kingston, WA2,07912020%
Mill Creek East, WA16,75413131%

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St. Michael, MN16,76711212%
Mill Creek East, WA16,75413131%
Source: The Mill Creek East, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.