Milwaukie 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 index116117100
Goods & Services index122122100
Groceries index116116100
Health care index114114100
Housing index122122100
Transportation index111111100
Utilities index8989100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Milwaukie, OR is displayed above. In Milwaukie, OR, the overall cost of living index is 116, which is equal to the Oregon average and 16% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Milwaukie, OR, the city's goods and services are equal to the Oregon average and 22% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Milwaukie is equal to the Oregon average.
  • The cost of living in Milwaukie is 16% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Milwaukie is 22% higher than the national average.
  • Oregon general sales tax is 100% lower than the national average.
  • Oregon state income tax is 125% higher 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)
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Milwaukie, OR, 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 Milwaukie, OR, the median monthly income is $67,321 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,571 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $40,352, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $941 on monthly rental expenses.

Oregon Sales Tax

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Oregon Income Tax

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One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Milwaukie, OR is the Oregon sales tax and Oregon income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Oregon sales tax rate is 0% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 0%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Oregon income tax rates range from 5% to 9.9%.

Goods & Services

ItemMilwaukieNational avg.Difference
Haircut $25.20$14.5972.7%
Beauty Salon $46.60$34.6834.4%
Toothpaste $3.42$2.4738.3%
Shampoo $1.72$1.0268.3%
Movie $10.15$9.872.9%
Bowling $3.45$4.3921.4%


ItemMilwaukieNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.65$4.483.9%
Fried Chicken $2.69$1.4683.7%
Milk $1.97$2.3616.4%
Potatoes $2.73$3.0610.8%
Pizza $11.00$9.2419.0%
Beer $8.85$8.632.5%

Health Care

ItemMilwaukieNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $124.50$99.7824.8%
Doctor $131.85$105.0325.5%
Dentist $101.00$88.7013.9%
Ibuprofen $14.45$9.4153.5%
Lipitor $251.31$298.5015.8%


ItemMilwaukieNational avg.Difference
Home Price $229,900.00$175,700.0030.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,517.59$1,081.0340.4%
Apartment Rent $919.00$920.000.1%


ItemMilwaukieNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.30$2.099.9%
Tire Balancing $52.33$45.2915.6%


ItemMilwaukieNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$151.02$170.8011.6%
Phone $25.01$28.2611.5%
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.
Johnson City, OR57389-11%
Wood Village, OR3,9461033%
King City, OR3,35111111%
Estacada, OR2,86011212%
Vancouver, WA165,55411313%
Milwaukie, OR20,44911616%

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Camas, WA20,45812626%
Farmington, UT20,44011010%
Milwaukie, OR20,44911616%
Source: The Milwaukie, OR cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.