Port Washington 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.
IndexPort WashingtonWisconsinNational
Cost of living index10098100
IndexPort WashingtonWisconsinNational
Goods & Services index97100100
Groceries index103100100
Health care index115112100
Housing index10191100
Transportation index8999100
Utilities index110102100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Port Washington, WI cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Wisconsin and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Port Washington, WI is 100, which is 2% higher than the Wisconsin average and equal to that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Port Washington, WI are 3% lower than the average for Wisconsin and 3% lower than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Port Washington is 2% higher than the Wisconsin average.
  • The cost of living in Port Washington is equal to the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Port Washington is 1% higher than the national average.
  • Wisconsin general sales tax is 2% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin state income tax is 98% higher than the national average.

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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Port Washington, WI to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Port Washington, WI, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Port Washington, WI salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$78,453$6,538$1,830$2,354
Renters$35,896$2,991$838$1,077
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Port Washington, WI 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 Port Washington, WI homeowners, is $78,453. This would allow for a maximum of $1,830 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $35,896 which would result in a maximum of $838 to be spent on rental costs.

Wisconsin Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Wisconsin5%5.6%

Wisconsin Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Wisconsin4.4%7.65%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Port Washington, WI, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Wisconsin, as well as the rate for income tax in Wisconsin. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Wisconsin is 5.6%, and the sales tax in the state of Wisconsin is 5%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Wisconsin starts from 4.4% and goes up to 7.65%.

Goods & Services

ItemPort WashingtonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.99$14.599.6%
Beauty Salon $30.60$34.6811.8%
Toothpaste $2.51$2.471.5%
Shampoo $0.89$1.0212.9%
Movie $9.80$9.870.7%
Bowling $3.25$4.3926.0%

Groceries

ItemPort WashingtonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.32$4.4825.8%
Fried Chicken $1.86$1.4627.0%
Milk $2.20$2.366.6%
Potatoes $2.35$3.0623.2%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $7.97$8.637.7%

Health Care

ItemPort WashingtonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $52.40$99.7847.5%
Doctor $166.00$105.0358.0%
Dentist $91.60$88.703.3%
Ibuprofen $9.19$9.412.4%
Lipitor $315.77$298.505.8%

Housing

ItemPort WashingtonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $190,300.00$175,700.008.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,141.54$1,081.035.6%
Apartment Rent $771.00$920.0016.2%

Transportation

ItemPort WashingtonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.89$2.099.6%
Tire Balancing $37.95$45.2916.2%

Utilities

ItemPort WashingtonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$169.20$170.800.9%
Phone $35.25$28.2624.8%
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.
Cedar Grove, WI2,13998-2%
Random Lake, WI1,45199-1%
Brown Deer, WI12,06797-3%
Belgium, WI2,08899-1%
Fredonia, WI2,08999-1%
Port Washington, WI11,4011000%

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St. Peter, MN11,40397-3%
Glenpool, OK11,39889-11%
Guttenberg, NJ11,39714646%
Fort Morgan, CO11,39791-9%
Martin, TN11,39692-8%
Port Washington, WI11,4011000%
Source: The Port Washington, WI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.