Picnic Point 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.
IndexPicnic PointWashingtonNational
Cost of living index131112100
IndexPicnic PointWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index106104100
Groceries index105102100
Health care index124116100
Housing index189135100
Transportation index115108100
Utilities index8983100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Picnic Point, WA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Picnic Point, WA being 131, that puts it 17% higher than the average of Washington and 31% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Picnic Point, WA, the price of goods and services are 2% higher than the average of Washington as well as 6% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Picnic Point is 17% higher than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Picnic Point is 31% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Picnic Point is 89% 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Picnic Point, 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 Picnic Point, WA, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Picnic Point, 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$99,511$8,293$2,322$2,986
Renters$63,750$5,313$1,487$1,913
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Picnic Point, 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 Picnic Point, WA have a median income of $99,511. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $2,322 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $63,750, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $1,487.

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 Picnic Point, 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

ItemPicnic PointNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.29$14.5918.5%
Beauty Salon $45.25$34.6830.5%
Toothpaste $2.55$2.473.1%
Shampoo $1.17$1.0214.5%
Movie $11.47$9.8716.2%
Bowling $3.62$4.3917.6%

Groceries

ItemPicnic PointNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.63$4.483.4%
Fried Chicken $1.59$1.468.6%
Milk $1.94$2.3617.7%
Potatoes $2.49$3.0618.7%
Pizza $10.00$9.248.2%
Beer $9.05$8.634.8%

Health Care

ItemPicnic PointNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $148.13$99.7848.5%
Doctor $148.90$105.0341.8%
Dentist $111.60$88.7025.8%
Ibuprofen $10.39$9.4110.4%
Lipitor $301.93$298.501.1%

Housing

ItemPicnic PointNational avg.Difference
Home Price $347,400.00$175,700.0097.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,307.24$1,081.0320.9%
Apartment Rent $1,563.00$920.0069.9%

Transportation

ItemPicnic PointNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.43$2.0916.3%
Tire Balancing $50.00$45.2910.4%

Utilities

ItemPicnic PointNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$129.79$170.8024.0%
Phone $29.99$28.266.1%
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.
Hat Island, WA181066%
Port Gamble Tribal Community, WA8991011%
Suquamish, WA4,15811515%
Everett, WA104,70811111%
Marysville, WA62,47211313%
Picnic Point, WA8,96913131%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Milford, NH8,97011818%
Mechanicsburg, PA8,9711000%
Dayton, NV8,9721033%
Canonsburg, PA8,97393-7%
Swissvale, PA8,96387-13%
Picnic Point, WA8,96913131%
Source: The Picnic Point, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.