Sandy 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.
IndexSandyOregonNational
Cost of living index114112100
IndexSandyOregonNational
Goods & Services index120111100
Groceries index117107100
Health care index110105100
Housing index119122100
Transportation index108114100
Utilities index7891100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Sandy, OR is displayed above. In Sandy, OR, the overall cost of living index is 114, which is 1% higher than the Oregon average and 14% higher 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 Sandy, OR, the city's goods and services are 8% higher than the Oregon average and 20% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Sandy is 1% higher than the Oregon average.
  • The cost of living in Sandy is 14% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Sandy is 19% higher than the national average.
  • Oregon general sales tax is 100% lower than the national average.
  • Oregon state income tax is 125% higher 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$65,366$5,447$1,525$1,961
Renters$46,071$3,839$1,075$1,382
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Sandy, OR, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Sandy, OR homeowners have a median income of $65,366. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,525 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $46,071, which means there is a maximum of $1,075 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Oregon Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Oregon0%0%

Oregon Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Oregon5%9.9%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Sandy, OR you will want to make sure you consider both the Oregon sales tax and the Oregon 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 Oregon is 0%, with the highest surtax being 0%. 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 Oregon have a range from 5% to 9.9%.

Goods & Services

ItemSandyNational 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

ItemSandyNational 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

ItemSandyNational 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

ItemSandyNational avg.Difference
Home Price $206,800.00$175,700.0017.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,625.94$1,133.2343.5%
Apartment Rent $1,128.00$920.0022.6%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemSandyNational 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.
Johnson City, OR57387-13%
Wood Village, OR3,9461011%
Estacada, OR2,86011010%
Fairview, OR9,09411010%
Gresham, OR108,25011212%
Sandy, OR9,94511414%

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Roma, TX9,93870-30%
North Gates, NY9,95693-7%
Troy, IL9,93196-4%
Cape Canaveral, FL9,96093-7%
George Mason, VA9,92815353%
Sandy, OR9,94511414%
Source: The Sandy, OR cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.