Moses Lake 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.
IndexMoses LakeWashingtonNational
Cost of living index94112100
IndexMoses LakeWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index97104100
Groceries index97102100
Health care index118116100
Housing index92135100
Transportation index104108100
Utilities index7283100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Moses Lake, WA is displayed above. In Moses Lake, WA, the overall cost of living index is 94, which is 16% lower than the Washington average and 6% lower 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 Moses Lake, WA, the city's goods and services are 7% lower than the Washington average and 3% lower than the U.S. average.

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  • The cost of living in Moses Lake is 16% lower than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Moses Lake is 6% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Moses Lake is 8% lower 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$58,758$4,897$1,371$1,763
Renters$34,798$2,900$812$1,044
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Moses Lake, WA 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 Moses Lake, WA homeowners, is $58,758. This would allow for a maximum of $1,371 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $34,798 which would result in a maximum of $812 to be spent on rental costs.

Washington Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Washington6.5%9.6%

Washington Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Washington0%0%
The Washington sales tax and Washington income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Moses Lake, WA. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Washington sales tax is 6.5% and the maximum surtax is 9.6%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Washington income tax rates range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemMoses LakeNational avg.Difference
Haircut $11.00$14.5924.6%
Beauty Salon $30.00$34.6813.5%
Toothpaste $2.81$2.4713.6%
Shampoo $1.07$1.024.7%
Movie $10.00$9.871.3%
Bowling $2.25$4.3948.8%

Groceries

ItemMoses LakeNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.49$4.480.3%
Fried Chicken $1.28$1.4612.6%
Milk $2.22$2.365.8%
Potatoes $2.74$3.0610.5%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $10.58$8.6322.6%

Health Care

ItemMoses LakeNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $137.44$99.7837.7%
Doctor $131.58$105.0325.3%
Dentist $106.50$88.7020.1%
Ibuprofen $9.06$9.413.7%
Lipitor $323.89$298.508.5%

Housing

ItemMoses LakeNational avg.Difference
Home Price $163,700.00$175,700.006.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $792.62$1,081.0326.7%
Apartment Rent $807.00$920.0012.3%

Transportation

ItemMoses LakeNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.23$2.096.5%
Tire Balancing $43.36$45.294.3%

Utilities

ItemMoses LakeNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$116.28$170.8031.9%
Phone $21.72$28.2623.1%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Warden, WA2,73483-17%
Moses Lake North, WA4,58386-14%
Ephrata, WA7,88892-8%
Cascade Valley, WA2,70099-1%
Moses Lake, WA21,14194-6%

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Moses Lake, WA21,14194-6%
Source: The Moses Lake, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.