Overall 11%
Goods & Services 24%
Housing 0%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2020 and was released from C2ER in January, 2021; this is the most current data available.
The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
Cost of living111125118
Goods & Services124124112
Health care117117121

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Birchwood is 6% lower than the Bellingham average
  • The cost of living in Birchwood is 11% higher than the national average
  • Birchwood housing is equal to 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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      Goods & Services

      ItemBellinghamNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $23.41$18.6225.7%
      Beauty Salon $39.23$39.050.5%
      Toothpaste $3.06$2.3430.6%
      Shampoo $1.27$1.0620.2%
      Movie $12.86$10.6820.4%
      Bowling $19.10$14.6730.2%


      ItemBellinghamNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.99$4.2218.2%
      Fried Chicken $1.92$1.3938.3%
      Milk $2.24$2.059.3%
      Potatoes $3.69$3.2912.2%
      Pizza $12.99$10.6222.3%
      Beer $9.85$9.385.0%

      Health Care

      ItemBellinghamNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $166.78$108.5753.6%
      Doctor $144.56$116.1724.4%
      Dentist $113.38$99.1314.4%
      Ibuprofen $9.93$9.682.7%
      Lipitor $477.14$466.922.2%


      ItemBellinghamNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $306,300.00$184,700.0065.8%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,633.03$1,197.4236.4%
      Apartment Rent $925.00$949.002.5%


      ItemBellinghamNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.94$2.2232.3%
      Tire Balancing $57.10$50.0714.1%


      ItemBellinghamNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$120.45$167.6728.2%
      Phone $192.71$175.649.7%
      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.
      Edison, WA13511313%
      Custer, WA44811616%
      Deming, WA24611616%
      Acme, WA16211616%
      Nooksack, WA1,76311515%
      Bellingham, WA84,46212525%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Bend, OR84,41612424%
      Edinburg, TX84,39979-21%
      Trenton, NJ84,55996-4%
      Riverview, FL84,5901011%
      Champaign, IL84,67291-9%
      Bellingham, WA84,46212525%
      Source: The Birchwood, Bellingham, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2020.