Pullman 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.
IndexPullmanWashingtonNational
Cost of living index99112100
IndexPullmanWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index95104100
Groceries index92102100
Health care index114116100
Housing index111135100
Transportation index93108100
Utilities index8183100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Pullman, WA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Washington and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Pullman, WA is 99, which is 12% lower than the Washington average and 1% lower than 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 Pullman, WA are 8% lower than the average for Washington and 5% lower than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Pullman is 12% lower than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Pullman is 1% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Pullman is 11% 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$95,604$7,967$2,231$2,868
Renters$16,263$1,355$379$488
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Pullman, 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 Pullman, WA have a median income of $95,604. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $2,231 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $16,263, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $379.

Washington Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Washington6.5%9.6%

Washington Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Washington0%0%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Pullman, WA you will want to make sure you consider both the Washington sales tax and the Washington income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Washington is 6.5%, with the highest surtax being 9.6%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Washington have a range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemPullmanNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.60$14.590.0%
Beauty Salon $35.00$34.680.9%
Toothpaste $2.96$2.4719.7%
Shampoo $1.25$1.0222.3%
Movie $10.50$9.876.4%
Bowling $4.64$4.395.7%

Groceries

ItemPullmanNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.08$4.488.9%
Fried Chicken $1.40$1.464.4%
Milk $2.02$2.3614.3%
Potatoes $1.62$3.0647.1%
Pizza $9.37$9.241.4%
Beer $9.44$8.639.3%

Health Care

ItemPullmanNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $122.74$99.7823.0%
Doctor $136.86$105.0330.3%
Dentist $96.20$88.708.5%
Ibuprofen $10.00$9.416.2%
Lipitor $311.32$298.504.3%

Housing

ItemPullmanNational avg.Difference
Home Price $219,700.00$175,700.0025.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $971.74$1,081.0310.1%
Apartment Rent $705.00$920.0023.4%

Transportation

ItemPullmanNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.73$2.0917.1%
Tire Balancing $55.33$45.2922.2%

Utilities

ItemPullmanNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$141.93$170.8016.9%
Phone $22.01$28.2622.1%
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.
Albion, WA54685-15%
Potlatch, ID77385-15%
Onaway, ID18986-14%
Palouse, WA1,09287-13%
Colfax, WA2,82690-10%
Pullman, WA30,85199-1%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
West Lafayette, IN30,84395-5%
Westmont, CA30,83512222%
Hilliard, OH30,815100-0%
Jamestown, NY30,79978-22%
University CDP (Orange County), FL30,92694-6%
Pullman, WA30,85199-1%
Source: The Pullman, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.