Waller 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.
IndexWallerWashingtonNational
Cost of living index115112100
IndexWallerWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index112104100
Groceries index95102100
Health care index122116100
Housing index130135100
Transportation index107108100
Utilities index10983100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Waller, WA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Waller, WA enjoy a cost of living index of 115. This index is 3% higher than the Washington average, and 15% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Waller, WA, the average cost of goods and services is 8% higher than it is in Washington, and it is 12% higher than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Waller is 3% higher than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Waller is 15% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Waller 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Waller, 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 Waller, WA, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Waller, 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$68,075$5,673$1,588$2,042
Renters$50,833$4,236$1,186$1,525
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Waller, WA, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Waller, WA has a median income of about $68,075 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,588 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $50,833. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,186 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

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 Waller, 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

ItemWallerNational avg.Difference
Haircut $11.40$14.5921.9%
Beauty Salon $29.60$34.6814.6%
Toothpaste $2.73$2.4710.4%
Shampoo $1.01$1.021.2%
Movie $12.20$9.8723.6%
Bowling $4.52$4.392.9%

Groceries

ItemWallerNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.10$4.488.4%
Fried Chicken $1.26$1.4613.9%
Milk $2.33$2.361.1%
Potatoes $1.78$3.0641.9%
Pizza $12.00$9.2429.8%
Beer $8.31$8.633.7%

Health Care

ItemWallerNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $151.00$99.7851.3%
Doctor $127.67$105.0321.6%
Dentist $109.00$88.7022.9%
Ibuprofen $12.01$9.4127.6%
Lipitor $329.60$298.5010.4%

Housing

ItemWallerNational avg.Difference
Home Price $247,800.00$175,700.0041.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $946.00$1,081.0312.5%
Apartment Rent $970.00$920.005.4%

Transportation

ItemWallerNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.24$2.097.1%
Tire Balancing $48.00$45.296.0%

Utilities

ItemWallerNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$135.34$170.8020.8%
Phone $42.37$28.2649.9%
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%
Nisqually Indian Community, WA65598-2%
Midland, WA8,5261044%
Carbonado, WA5301044%
Waller, WA7,68111515%

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Baywood, NY7,68113232%
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Montrose, VA7,68693-7%
Yreka, CA7,67511515%
Mascoutah, IL7,67596-4%
Waller, WA7,68111515%
Source: The Waller, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.