Sunnyside 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 index88112100
Goods & Services index98104100
Groceries index90102100
Health care index107116100
Housing index69135100
Transportation index105108100
Utilities index8283100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Sunnyside, WA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Sunnyside, WA being 88, that puts it 21% lower than the average of Washington and 12% lower 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 Sunnyside, WA, the price of goods and services are 5% lower than the average of Washington as well as 2% lower than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Sunnyside is 21% lower than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Sunnyside is 12% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Sunnyside is 31% lower 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 allows you to compare how much your current salary in Sunnyside, WA would be worth in another city. In other words, the salary calculator will adjust the figure you enter for cost of living so that you can determine how much more or much less you would need to earn while maintaining your current quality of living. If you are considering relocating to a more expensive city than Sunnyside, WA, the calculator will tell you how much more you need to earn so you can assess job offers more accurately. The Sunnyside, WA salary calculator is easy to use. All you do is enter the name of another city, then move the slider to your current income. After that, the salary calculator will crunch the numbers for you and give you the information you need about the place you are considering going. Additionally, it will show a detailed breakdown of the cost of living.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Sunnyside, WA, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Sunnyside, WA has a median income of about $44,287 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,033 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $21,225. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $495 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Washington Sales Tax

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Washington Income Tax

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

ItemSunnysideNational avg.Difference
Haircut $10.70$14.5926.7%
Beauty Salon $30.40$34.6812.3%
Toothpaste $2.73$2.4710.4%
Shampoo $1.00$1.022.2%
Movie $9.50$9.873.7%
Bowling $3.10$4.3929.4%


ItemSunnysideNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.73$4.4816.7%
Fried Chicken $1.21$1.4617.4%
Milk $2.04$2.3613.4%
Potatoes $1.76$3.0642.5%
Pizza $8.99$9.242.7%
Beer $8.63$8.630.0%

Health Care

ItemSunnysideNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $110.00$99.7810.2%
Doctor $111.80$105.036.4%
Dentist $109.50$88.7023.4%
Ibuprofen $9.11$9.413.2%
Lipitor $255.53$298.5014.4%


ItemSunnysideNational avg.Difference
Home Price $116,400.00$175,700.0033.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,078.45$1,081.030.2%
Apartment Rent $690.00$920.0025.0%


ItemSunnysideNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.17$2.093.7%
Tire Balancing $49.33$45.298.9%


ItemSunnysideNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$131.22$170.8023.2%
Phone $24.99$28.2611.6%
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.
Outlook, WA47396-4%
Mabton, WA2,30086-14%
Granger, WA3,33087-13%
Toppenish, WA9,00788-12%
Grandview, WA11,02385-15%
Sunnyside, WA16,03888-12%

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Overland, MO16,04389-11%
Sunnyside, WA16,03888-12%
Source: The Sunnyside, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.