Orchards 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.
IndexOrchardsWashingtonNational
Cost of living index110115100
IndexOrchardsWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index120106100
Groceries index117107100
Health care index110119100
Housing index106135100
Transportation index108117100
Utilities index7896100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Orchards, WA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Orchards, WA enjoy a cost of living index of 110. This index is 5% lower than the Washington average, and 10% 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 Orchards, WA, the average cost of goods and services is 14% higher than it is in Washington, and it is 20% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Orchards is 5% lower than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Orchards is 10% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Orchards is 6% 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$70,765$5,897$1,651$2,123
Renters$38,027$3,169$887$1,141
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Orchards, WA, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Orchards, WA has a median income of about $70,765 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,651 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $38,027. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $887 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Washington Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Washington6.5%9.6%

Washington Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Washington0%0%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Orchards, WA is the Washington sales tax and Washington 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 Washington sales tax rate is 6.5% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 9.6%. 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 Washington income tax rates range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemOrchardsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $25.26$15.5662.3%
Beauty Salon $54.47$36.1150.9%
Toothpaste $3.91$2.4758.1%
Shampoo $1.08$0.9611.6%
Movie $10.56$10.134.3%
Bowling $4.31$4.749.1%

Groceries

ItemOrchardsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.36$3.9834.4%
Fried Chicken $1.66$1.4118.2%
Milk $2.18$2.065.5%
Potatoes $2.10$2.9829.7%
Pizza $10.33$9.479.0%
Beer $9.67$8.7910.0%

Health Care

ItemOrchardsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $122.67$101.0421.4%
Doctor $121.58$107.4413.2%
Dentist $102.13$90.4213.0%
Ibuprofen $10.28$9.2810.8%
Lipitor $403.09$426.505.5%

Housing

ItemOrchardsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $184,800.00$175,700.005.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,625.94$1,133.2343.5%
Apartment Rent $988.00$920.007.4%

Transportation

ItemOrchardsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.58$1.9929.6%
Tire Balancing $26.80$45.7641.4%

Utilities

ItemOrchardsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$145.06$163.8111.4%
Phone $18.23$28.3935.8%
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.
Wood Village, OR3,9461011%
St. Helens, OR13,0171066%
Yacolt, WA1,8761077%
Vancouver, WA165,55411010%
Fairview, OR9,09411010%
Orchards, WA21,25911010%

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Orchards, WA21,25911010%
Source: The Orchards, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.