Walla Walla 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.
IndexWalla WallaWashingtonNational
Cost of living index91112100
IndexWalla WallaWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index85104100
Groceries index91102100
Health care index105116100
Housing index92135100
Transportation index104108100
Utilities index8983100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Walla Walla, WA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Washington and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Walla Walla, WA is 91, which is 19% lower than the Washington average and 9% lower 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 Walla Walla, WA are 18% lower than the average for Washington and 15% lower than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Walla Walla is 19% lower than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Walla Walla is 9% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Walla Walla is 8% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$55,022$4,585$1,284$1,651
Renters$26,155$2,180$610$785
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Walla Walla, 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 Walla Walla, WA homeowners have a median income of $55,022. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,284 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $26,155, which means there is a maximum of $610 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%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Walla Walla, 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

ItemWalla WallaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $11.20$14.5923.3%
Beauty Salon $33.20$34.684.3%
Toothpaste $2.32$2.476.2%
Shampoo $0.95$1.027.0%
Movie $10.00$9.871.3%
Bowling $4.05$4.397.8%

Groceries

ItemWalla WallaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.96$4.4811.5%
Fried Chicken $1.29$1.4611.9%
Milk $2.02$2.3614.3%
Potatoes $1.96$3.0636.0%
Pizza $6.99$9.2424.4%
Beer $8.40$8.632.7%

Health Care

ItemWalla WallaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $105.20$99.785.4%
Doctor $119.00$105.0313.3%
Dentist $105.60$88.7019.1%
Ibuprofen $9.60$9.412.0%
Lipitor $221.99$298.5025.6%

Housing

ItemWalla WallaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $171,600.00$175,700.002.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,087.39$1,081.030.6%
Apartment Rent $721.00$920.0021.6%

Transportation

ItemWalla WallaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.12$2.091.3%
Tire Balancing $50.13$45.2910.7%

Utilities

ItemWalla WallaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$135.02$170.8020.9%
Phone $28.75$28.261.7%
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.
Milton-Freewater, OR7,09483-17%
Umapine, OR27083-17%
Dixie, WA25288-12%
Waitsburg, WA1,06588-12%
College Place, WA8,90591-9%
Walla Walla, WA31,89591-9%

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Galesburg, IL31,89880-20%
Foster City, CA31,809204104%
Gallatin, TN31,80097-3%
Eldersburg, MD31,79912323%
Naugatuck, CT31,79011818%
Walla Walla, WA31,89591-9%
Source: The Walla Walla, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.