Tukwila 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.
IndexTukwilaWashingtonNational
Cost of living index119112100
IndexTukwilaWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index114104100
Groceries index120102100
Health care index119116100
Housing index130135100
Transportation index119108100
Utilities index9983100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Tukwila, WA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Tukwila, WA is 119, which is 6% higher than the Washington average and 19% 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 Tukwila, WA are 10% higher than the Washington average and 14% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Tukwila is 6% higher than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Tukwila is 19% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Tukwila is 30% 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$70,293$5,858$1,640$2,109
Renters$34,324$2,860$801$1,030
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Tukwila, 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 Tukwila, WA homeowners, is $70,293. This would allow for a maximum of $1,640 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $34,324 which would result in a maximum of $801 to be spent on rental costs.

Washington Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Washington6.5%9.6%

Washington Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Washington0%0%
For those who live in Tukwila, WA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Washington income tax rate and the Washington sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Washington, the sales tax is 6.5%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 9.6%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Washington, the income tax rate ranges between 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemTukwilaNational 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%

Groceries

ItemTukwilaNational 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

ItemTukwilaNational 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%

Housing

ItemTukwilaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $246,600.00$175,700.0040.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,863.61$1,081.0372.4%
Apartment Rent $966.00$920.005.0%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemTukwilaNational 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.
Algona, WA3,0901099%
Pacific, WA6,84511111%
SeaTac, WA27,60611616%
White Center, WA14,22811717%
Boulevard Park, WA4,02711717%
Tukwila, WA19,57311919%

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West Pensacola, FL19,57184-16%
Raymore, MO19,57699-1%
Wade Hampton, SC19,586100-0%
Hazel Dell, WA19,59011414%
Midlothian, TX19,5901033%
Tukwila, WA19,57311919%
Source: The Tukwila, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.