Sumner 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 index112115100
Goods & Services index111106100
Groceries index101107100
Health care index116119100
Housing index121135100
Transportation index103117100
Utilities index11096100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Sumner, WA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Sumner, WA being 112, that puts it 3% lower than the average of Washington and 12% 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 Sumner, WA, the price of goods and services are 5% higher than the average of Washington as well as 11% higher than the nation's average.

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  • The cost of living in Sumner is 3% lower than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Sumner is 12% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Sumner is 21% 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)
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Sumner, WA 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 Sumner, WA homeowners, is $80,903. This would allow for a maximum of $1,888 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $40,769 which would result in a maximum of $951 to be spent on rental costs.

Washington Sales Tax

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Washington Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Sumner, WA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Washington, as well as the rate for income tax in Washington. 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 Washington is 9.6%, and the sales tax in the state of Washington is 6.5%. 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 Washington starts from 0% and goes up to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemSumnerNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.93$15.5610.5%
Beauty Salon $25.62$36.1129.0%
Toothpaste $2.96$2.4719.7%
Shampoo $1.11$0.9615.0%
Movie $12.14$10.1319.9%
Bowling $4.51$4.744.7%


ItemSumnerNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.97$3.980.4%
Fried Chicken $1.36$1.413.6%
Milk $1.94$2.066.0%
Potatoes $2.61$2.9812.4%
Pizza $12.00$9.4726.6%
Beer $9.17$8.794.3%

Health Care

ItemSumnerNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $146.40$101.0444.9%
Doctor $146.33$107.4436.2%
Dentist $97.50$90.427.8%
Ibuprofen $10.21$9.2810.1%
Lipitor $422.57$426.500.9%


ItemSumnerNational avg.Difference
Home Price $230,700.00$175,700.0031.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $980.58$1,133.2313.5%
Apartment Rent $894.00$920.002.8%


ItemSumnerNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.36$1.9918.5%
Tire Balancing $30.97$45.7632.3%


ItemSumnerNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$132.40$163.8119.2%
Phone $42.68$28.3950.3%
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.
North Puyallup, WA1,74697-3%
Midland, WA8,5261044%
Carbonado, WA5301044%
Parkland, WA36,2631055%
Algona, WA3,0901099%
Sumner, WA9,54811212%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Lake Monticello, VA9,54711212%
Redlands, CO9,54611313%
Amityville, NY9,55114444%
Essex Junction, VT9,55211919%
Warren, PA9,54380-20%
Sumner, WA9,54811212%
Source: The Sumner, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.