West Side Highway 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.
IndexWest Side HighwayWashingtonNational
Cost of living index109112100
IndexWest Side HighwayWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index122104100
Groceries index116102100
Health care index114116100
Housing index96135100
Transportation index111108100
Utilities index8983100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the West Side Highway, WA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Washington and cities across the country, the cost of living index in West Side Highway, WA is 109, which is 3% lower than the Washington average and 9% higher 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 West Side Highway, WA are 18% higher than the average for Washington and 22% higher than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in West Side Highway is 3% lower than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in West Side Highway is 9% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in West Side Highway is 4% 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)
The affordability of the housing market in West Side Highway, 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 West Side Highway, WA homeowners, the median income is $53,468. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,248 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $53,958. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $1,259 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Washington Sales Tax

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Washington Income Tax

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For those who live in West Side Highway, WA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Washington income tax rate and the Washington sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Washington, the sales tax is 6.5%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 9.6%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Washington, the income tax rate ranges between 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemWest Side HighwayNational 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%


ItemWest Side HighwayNational 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

ItemWest Side HighwayNational 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%


ItemWest Side HighwayNational avg.Difference
Home Price $164,000.00$175,700.006.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,517.59$1,081.0340.4%
Apartment Rent $927.00$920.000.8%


ItemWest Side HighwayNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.30$2.099.9%
Tire Balancing $52.33$45.2915.6%


ItemWest Side HighwayNational 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.
Ryderwood, WA19284-16%
Kelso, WA11,8371011%
Castle Rock, WA2,03093-7%
Rainier, OR1,9081077%
Longview, WA36,5891077%
West Side Highway, WA5,6591099%

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Swartz Creek, MI5,66487-13%
West Side Highway, WA5,6591099%
Source: The West Side Highway, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.