Tacoma 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.
IndexTacomaWashingtonNational
Cost of living index110115100
IndexTacomaWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index111106100
Groceries index101107100
Health care index116119100
Housing index113135100
Transportation index103117100
Utilities index11096100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Tacoma, WA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Washington and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Tacoma, WA is 110, which is 5% lower than the Washington average and 10% 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 Tacoma, WA are 5% higher than the average for Washington and 11% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Tacoma is 5% lower than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Tacoma is 10% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Tacoma is 13% 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$71,238$5,937$1,662$2,137
Renters$33,842$2,820$790$1,015
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Tacoma, WA, 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 Tacoma, WA homeowners have a median income of $71,238. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,662 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $33,842, which means there is a maximum of $790 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Washington Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Washington6.5%9.6%

Washington Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Washington0%0%
The Washington sales tax and Washington income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Tacoma, WA. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Washington sales tax is 6.5% and the maximum surtax is 9.6%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Washington income tax rates range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemTacomaNational 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%

Groceries

ItemTacomaNational 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

ItemTacomaNational 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%

Housing

ItemTacomaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $207,000.00$175,700.0017.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $980.58$1,133.2313.5%
Apartment Rent $933.00$920.001.4%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemTacomaNational 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.
Ketron Island, WA01088%
North Puyallup, WA1,74697-3%
Midland, WA8,5261044%
Parkland, WA36,2631055%
Tanglewilde, WA5,8651055%
Tacoma, WA201,79411010%

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Shreveport, LA200,69286-14%
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Tacoma, WA201,79411010%
Source: The Tacoma, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.