The Dalles 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.
IndexThe DallesOregonNational
Cost of living index106112100
IndexThe DallesOregonNational
Goods & Services index120111100
Groceries index117107100
Health care index110105100
Housing index94122100
Transportation index108114100
Utilities index7891100
Displayed above is a general overview of the The Dalles, OR cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in The Dalles, OR is 106, which is 5% lower than the Oregon average and 6% higher than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in The Dalles, OR are 8% higher than the Oregon average and 20% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in The Dalles is 5% lower than the Oregon average.
  • The cost of living in The Dalles is 6% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in The Dalles is 6% lower 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$52,421$4,368$1,223$1,573
Renters$26,060$2,172$608$782
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in The Dalles, OR, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In The Dalles, OR, the median monthly income is $52,421 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,223 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $26,060, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $608 on monthly rental expenses.

Oregon Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Oregon0%0%

Oregon Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Oregon5%9.9%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in The Dalles, OR, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Oregon, as well as the rate for income tax in Oregon. 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 Oregon is 0%, and the sales tax in the state of Oregon is 0%. 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 Oregon starts from 5% and goes up to 9.9%.

Goods & Services

ItemThe DallesNational 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

ItemThe DallesNational 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

ItemThe DallesNational 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

ItemThe DallesNational avg.Difference
Home Price $174,300.00$175,700.000.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,625.94$1,133.2343.5%
Apartment Rent $760.00$920.0017.4%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemThe DallesNational 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.

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The Dalles, OR15,0681066%

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Source: The The Dalles, OR cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.