Mountlake Terrace 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.
IndexMountlake TerraceWashingtonNational
Cost of living index134115100
IndexMountlake TerraceWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index136106100
Groceries index125107100
Health care index128119100
Housing index140135100
Transportation index139117100
Utilities index12396100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Mountlake Terrace, WA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Mountlake Terrace, WA enjoy a cost of living index of 134. This index is 16% higher than the Washington average, and 34% 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 Mountlake Terrace, 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 Mountlake Terrace is 16% higher than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Mountlake Terrace is 34% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Mountlake Terrace is 40% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$72,360$6,030$1,688$2,171
Renters$43,932$3,661$1,025$1,318
The affordability of the housing market in Mountlake Terrace, WA as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Mountlake Terrace, WA homeowners, the median income is $72,360. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,688 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $43,932. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $1,025 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Washington Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Washington6.5%9.6%

Washington Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Washington0%0%
For those who live in Mountlake Terrace, WA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Washington income tax rate and the Washington sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Washington, the sales tax is 6.5%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 9.6%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Washington, the income tax rate ranges between 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemMountlake TerraceNational 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

ItemMountlake TerraceNational 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

ItemMountlake TerraceNational 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

ItemMountlake TerraceNational avg.Difference
Home Price $254,100.00$175,700.0044.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,927.46$1,133.2370.1%
Apartment Rent $1,176.00$920.0027.8%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemMountlake TerraceNational 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.

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Port Gamble Tribal Community, WA89911919%
Suquamish, WA4,15812828%
Enetai, WA2,10412929%
Everett, WA104,70811212%
Monroe, WA17,56411515%
Mountlake Terrace, WA20,31813434%

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Portsmouth, OH20,32082-18%
Fort Walton Beach, FL20,32098-2%
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Northfield, MN20,3031044%
Wilsonville, OR20,33512828%
Mountlake Terrace, WA20,31813434%
Source: The Mountlake Terrace, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.