Molalla 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.
IndexMolallaOregonNational
Cost of living index112117100
IndexMolallaOregonNational
Goods & Services index122122100
Groceries index116116100
Health care index114114100
Housing index106122100
Transportation index111111100
Utilities index8989100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Molalla, OR is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Molalla, OR enjoy a cost of living index of 112. This index is 4% lower than the Oregon average, and 12% 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 Molalla, OR, the average cost of goods and services is equal to it is in Oregon, and it is 22% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Molalla is 4% lower than the Oregon average.
  • The cost of living in Molalla is 12% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Molalla is 6% 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Molalla, OR 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 Molalla, OR, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Molalla, OR 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$56,951$4,746$1,329$1,709
Renters$41,006$3,417$957$1,230
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Molalla, OR as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Molalla, OR homeowners, is $56,951. This would allow for a maximum of $1,329 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $41,006 which would result in a maximum of $957 to be spent on rental costs.

Oregon Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Oregon0%0%

Oregon Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Oregon5%9.9%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Molalla, OR you will want to make sure you consider both the Oregon sales tax and the Oregon 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 Oregon is 0%, with the highest surtax being 0%. 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 Oregon have a range from 5% to 9.9%.

Goods & Services

ItemMolallaNational 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%

Groceries

ItemMolallaNational 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

ItemMolallaNational 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%

Housing

ItemMolallaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $192,300.00$175,700.009.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,517.59$1,081.0340.4%
Apartment Rent $894.00$920.002.8%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemMolallaNational 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.
Woodburn, OR24,2821066%
Donald, OR1,0681099%
Estacada, OR2,86011212%
Hubbard, OR3,20611212%
Mount Angel, OR3,38911212%
Molalla, OR8,24711212%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
West Frankfort, IL8,24778-22%
Wood-Ridge, NJ8,24915353%
Los Altos Hills, CA8,244222122%
Grove City, PA8,24282-18%
Flushing, MI8,25287-13%
Molalla, OR8,24711212%
Source: The Molalla, OR cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.