SeaTac 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.
Cost of living index116112100
Goods & Services index114104100
Groceries index120102100
Health care index119116100
Housing index120135100
Transportation index119108100
Utilities index9983100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the SeaTac, WA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Washington and cities across the country, the cost of living index in SeaTac, WA is 116, which is 4% higher than the Washington average and 16% higher 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 SeaTac, WA are 10% higher than the average for Washington and 14% higher than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in SeaTac is 4% higher than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in SeaTac is 16% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in SeaTac is 20% 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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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in SeaTac, WA 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 SeaTac, WA, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the SeaTac, WA 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)
The affordability of the housing market in SeaTac, WA as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among SeaTac, WA homeowners, the median income is $62,399. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,456 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $32,954. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $769 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Washington Sales Tax

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Washington Income Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in SeaTac, 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

ItemSeaTacNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.00$14.5930.2%
Beauty Salon $55.00$34.6858.6%
Toothpaste $3.63$2.4746.8%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $11.33$9.8714.8%
Bowling $7.00$4.3959.4%


ItemSeaTacNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.89$4.4813.1%
Fried Chicken $1.99$1.4635.9%
Milk $1.99$2.3615.6%
Potatoes $2.49$3.0618.7%
Pizza $8.91$9.243.6%
Beer $9.39$8.638.8%

Health Care

ItemSeaTacNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $135.00$99.7835.3%
Doctor $110.00$105.034.7%
Dentist $125.00$88.7040.9%
Ibuprofen $10.09$9.417.2%
Lipitor $299.00$298.500.2%


ItemSeaTacNational avg.Difference
Home Price $224,600.00$175,700.0027.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,863.61$1,081.0372.4%
Apartment Rent $930.00$920.001.1%


ItemSeaTacNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.52$2.0920.5%
Tire Balancing $51.80$45.2914.4%


ItemSeaTacNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$178.75$170.804.7%
Phone $25.95$28.268.2%
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.
Parkwood, WA7,31211212%
Algona, WA3,0901099%
Tacoma, WA201,79411010%
East Port Orchard, WA5,09811414%
Pacific, WA6,84511111%
SeaTac, WA27,60611616%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Watertown, NY27,59095-5%
Kirkwood, MO27,5871099%
West Islip, NY27,54514848%
New London, CT27,53611616%
Desert Hot Springs, CA27,6781000%
SeaTac, WA27,60611616%
Source: The SeaTac, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.