Yakima 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.
IndexYakimaWashingtonNational
Cost of living index93112100
IndexYakimaWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index98104100
Groceries index90102100
Health care index107116100
Housing index88135100
Transportation index105108100
Utilities index8283100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Yakima, WA is displayed above. In Yakima, WA, the overall cost of living index is 93, which is 16% lower than the Washington average and 7% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Yakima, WA, the city's goods and services are 5% lower than the Washington average and 2% lower than the U.S. average.

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  • The cost of living in Yakima is 16% lower than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Yakima is 7% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Yakima is 12% 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$59,169$4,931$1,381$1,775
Renters$26,846$2,237$626$805
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Yakima, WA by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Yakima, WA have a median income of $59,169. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,381 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $26,846, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $626.

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 Yakima, 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

ItemYakimaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $10.70$14.5926.7%
Beauty Salon $30.40$34.6812.3%
Toothpaste $2.73$2.4710.4%
Shampoo $1.00$1.022.2%
Movie $9.50$9.873.7%
Bowling $3.10$4.3929.4%

Groceries

ItemYakimaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.73$4.4816.7%
Fried Chicken $1.21$1.4617.4%
Milk $2.04$2.3613.4%
Potatoes $1.76$3.0642.5%
Pizza $8.99$9.242.7%
Beer $8.63$8.630.0%

Health Care

ItemYakimaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $110.00$99.7810.2%
Doctor $111.80$105.036.4%
Dentist $109.50$88.7023.4%
Ibuprofen $9.11$9.413.2%
Lipitor $255.53$298.5014.4%

Housing

ItemYakimaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $157,300.00$175,700.0010.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,078.45$1,081.030.2%
Apartment Rent $772.00$920.0016.1%

Transportation

ItemYakimaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.17$2.093.7%
Tire Balancing $49.33$45.298.9%

Utilities

ItemYakimaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$131.22$170.8023.2%
Phone $24.99$28.2611.6%
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.
Donald, WA7396-4%
Parker, WA9396-4%
Eschbach, WA31383-17%
Union Gap, WA6,06186-14%
Wapato, WA5,04386-14%
Yakima, WA92,80693-7%

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Lee's Summit, MO92,813100-0%
Arden-Arcade, CA92,84412121%
Quincy, MA92,92014141%
Beaverton, OR92,59312323%
Yuma, AZ93,07899-1%
Yakima, WA92,80693-7%
Source: The Yakima, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.