Vancouver 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.
IndexVancouverWashingtonNational
Cost of living index113112100
IndexVancouverWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index122104100
Groceries index116102100
Health care index114116100
Housing index108135100
Transportation index111108100
Utilities index8983100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Vancouver, WA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Washington the cost of living index in Vancouver, WA is 113, which is 1% higher than the average in Washington and compared to the national average it is 13% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Vancouver, WA goods and services come in at 18% higher than the average in Washington and are 22% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Vancouver is 1% higher than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Vancouver is 13% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Vancouver is 8% 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Vancouver, WA to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Vancouver, WA, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Vancouver, WA salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$69,375$5,781$1,619$2,081
Renters$35,623$2,969$831$1,069
The affordability of the housing market in Vancouver, WA as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Vancouver, WA homeowners, the median income is $69,375. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,619 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $35,623. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $831 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Washington Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Washington6.5%9.6%

Washington Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Washington0%0%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Vancouver, 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

ItemVancouverNational avg.Difference
Haircut $25.20$14.5972.7%
Beauty Salon $46.60$34.6834.4%
Toothpaste $3.42$2.4738.3%
Shampoo $1.72$1.0268.3%
Movie $10.15$9.872.9%
Bowling $3.45$4.3921.4%

Groceries

ItemVancouverNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.65$4.483.9%
Fried Chicken $2.69$1.4683.7%
Milk $1.97$2.3616.4%
Potatoes $2.73$3.0610.8%
Pizza $11.00$9.2419.0%
Beer $8.85$8.632.5%

Health Care

ItemVancouverNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $124.50$99.7824.8%
Doctor $131.85$105.0325.5%
Dentist $101.00$88.7013.9%
Ibuprofen $14.45$9.4153.5%
Lipitor $251.31$298.5015.8%

Housing

ItemVancouverNational avg.Difference
Home Price $196,700.00$175,700.0012.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,517.59$1,081.0340.4%
Apartment Rent $923.00$920.000.3%

Transportation

ItemVancouverNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.30$2.099.9%
Tire Balancing $52.33$45.2915.6%

Utilities

ItemVancouverNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$151.02$170.8011.6%
Phone $25.01$28.2611.5%
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.
Wood Village, OR3,9461033%
Orchards, WA21,25911212%
Fairview, OR9,09411313%
Hazel Dell, WA19,59011414%
Gresham, OR108,25011414%
Vancouver, WA165,55411313%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Ontario, CA166,89211919%
Tempe, AZ166,97599-1%
Springfield, MO162,33387-13%
Port St. Lucie, FL169,2601022%
Cape Coral, FL161,8041011%
Vancouver, WA165,55411313%
Source: The Vancouver, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.