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.
Cost of living index8589100
Goods & Services index10498100
Groceries index9694100
Health care index8893100
Housing index5272100
Transportation index10196100
Utilities index9594100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Washington, IN is shown above. Compared to the state average of Indiana the cost of living index in Washington, IN is 85, which is 4% lower than the average in Indiana and compared to the national average it is 15% lower 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 Washington, IN goods and services come in at 6% higher than the average in Indiana and are 4% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Washington is 4% lower than the Indiana average.
  • The cost of living in Washington is 15% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Washington is 48% lower than the national average.
  • Indiana general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • Indiana state income tax is 48% higher 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)
The affordability of the housing market in Washington, IN 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 Washington, IN homeowners, the median income is $52,222. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,218 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $22,691. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $529 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Indiana Sales Tax

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Indiana Income Tax

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The Indiana sales tax and Indiana income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Washington, IN. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Indiana sales tax is 7% and the maximum surtax is 7%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Indiana income tax rates range from 3.3% to 3.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.11$16.096.4%
Beauty Salon $39.32$37.335.3%
Toothpaste $2.64$2.457.7%
Shampoo $0.94$1.006.4%
Movie $10.54$10.282.5%
Bowling $4.98$4.931.0%


ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.78$3.800.5%
Fried Chicken $1.13$1.4019.2%
Milk $1.83$2.018.8%
Potatoes $2.93$3.012.6%
Pizza $10.00$9.891.2%
Beer $8.40$8.905.6%

Health Care

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $120.23$102.1617.7%
Doctor $75.18$108.3630.6%
Dentist $81.51$92.5311.9%
Ibuprofen $8.93$9.283.8%
Lipitor $436.30$425.822.5%


ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $84,900.00$184,700.0054.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,031.19$1,202.4414.2%
Apartment Rent $613.00$949.0035.4%


ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.35$2.244.7%
Tire Balancing $42.74$46.297.7%


ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$150.52$165.969.3%
Phone $28.90$28.680.7%
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.
Westphalia, IN601000%
Raglesville, IN301000%
Ragsdale, IN2471000%
Alfordsville, IN6478-22%
Freelandville, IN79778-22%
Washington, IN11,94185-15%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Crestwood, MO11,94198-2%
Richmond, TX11,93985-15%
Freehold, NJ11,94412121%
Buda, TX11,93699-1%
Morgan City, LA11,93690-10%
Washington, IN11,94185-15%
Source: The Washington, IN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.