Washington 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.
IndexWashingtonDistrict of ColumbiaNational
Cost of living index136136100
IndexWashingtonDistrict of ColumbiaNational
Goods & Services index9898100
Groceries index112112100
Health care index9494100
Housing index211211100
Transportation index121121100
Utilities index9898100

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Washington is equal to the District of Columbia average.
  • The cost of living in Washington is 36% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Washington is 111% higher than the national average.
  • District of Columbia general sales tax is 13% higher than the national average.
  • District of Columbia state income tax is 80% higher than the national average.
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Compare Washington, DC Cost of living To Other Cities

District of Columbia Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
District of Columbia5.75%5.75%

District of Columbia Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
District of Columbia4%8.95%

Goods & Services

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.50$14.5919.9%
Beauty Salon $53.25$34.6853.5%
Toothpaste $2.24$2.479.4%
Shampoo $1.02$1.020.2%
Movie $12.71$9.8728.8%
Bowling $5.38$4.3922.5%

Groceries

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.49$4.4822.0%
Fried Chicken $1.66$1.4613.4%
Milk $2.68$2.3613.7%
Potatoes $3.69$3.0620.5%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.29$8.637.6%

Health Care

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $73.50$99.7826.3%
Doctor $87.20$105.0317.0%
Dentist $86.40$88.702.6%
Ibuprofen $11.38$9.4120.9%
Lipitor $293.64$298.501.6%

Housing

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $443,000.00$181,400.00144.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,743.63$1,081.03153.8%
Apartment Rent $1,200.00$889.0035.0%

Transportation

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.59$2.0923.8%
Tire Balancing $52.00$45.2914.8%

Utilities

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$167.80$170.801.8%
Phone $27.32$28.263.3%
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.
Stewart, OH10272-28%
Hockingport, OH18972-28%
Vincent, OH40778-22%
Elizabeth, WV99387-13%
Parkersburg, WV31,48289-11%
Washington, DC605,75913636%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Nashville, TN605,85997-3%
Denver, CO604,3561077%
Seattle, WA612,91614242%
Louisville, KY597,23192-8%
Milwaukee, WI594,32893-7%
Washington, DC605,75913636%
Source: The Washington, DC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.