Ocean Shores 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.
IndexOcean ShoresWashingtonNational
Cost of living index98112100
IndexOcean ShoresWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index101104100
Groceries index106102100
Health care index118116100
Housing index92135100
Transportation index110108100
Utilities index7483100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Ocean Shores, WA is displayed above. In Ocean Shores, WA, the overall cost of living index is 98, which is 12% lower than the Washington average and 2% 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 Ocean Shores, WA, the city's goods and services are 2% lower than the Washington average and 1% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Ocean Shores is 12% lower than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Ocean Shores is 2% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Ocean Shores 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Ocean Shores, 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 Ocean Shores, WA, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Ocean Shores, 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$52,127$4,344$1,216$1,564
Renters$25,896$2,158$604$777
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Ocean Shores, WA by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Ocean Shores, WA have a median income of $52,127. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,216 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $25,896, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $604.

Washington Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Washington6.5%9.6%

Washington Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Washington0%0%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Ocean Shores, WA, the Washington income tax and the Washington sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Washington maximum surtax is 9.6%, and the Washington sales tax is 6.5%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 0% to 0% in Washington.

Goods & Services

ItemOcean ShoresNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.79$14.5915.1%
Beauty Salon $40.29$34.6816.2%
Toothpaste $2.49$2.470.7%
Shampoo $1.18$1.0215.5%
Movie $9.92$9.870.5%
Bowling $3.67$4.3916.4%

Groceries

ItemOcean ShoresNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.51$4.4821.6%
Fried Chicken $1.81$1.4623.6%
Milk $2.59$2.369.9%
Potatoes $2.49$3.0618.7%
Pizza $10.00$9.248.2%
Beer $9.05$8.634.8%

Health Care

ItemOcean ShoresNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $142.50$99.7842.8%
Doctor $114.65$105.039.2%
Dentist $120.08$88.7035.4%
Ibuprofen $10.07$9.417.0%
Lipitor $299.73$298.500.4%

Housing

ItemOcean ShoresNational avg.Difference
Home Price $165,100.00$175,700.006.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,072.15$1,081.030.8%
Apartment Rent $810.00$920.0012.0%

Transportation

ItemOcean ShoresNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.34$2.0911.8%
Tire Balancing $47.13$45.294.1%

Utilities

ItemOcean ShoresNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$129.63$170.8024.1%
Phone $20.01$28.2629.2%
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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Hogans Corner, WA1231000%
Oyehut, WA131000%
Ocean City, WA14478-22%
Markham, WA15380-20%
Cohassett Beach, WA60586-14%
Ocean Shores, WA5,60998-2%

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Source: The Ocean Shores, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.