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Overall 15%
Goods & Services 20%
Housing 18%
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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.
IndexYorkBellinghamWashington
Cost of living115124117
Goods & Services120120110
Groceries113113108
Health care116116121
Housing118145135
Transportation127127117
Utilities868691

Key findings

  • The cost of living in York is 1% lower than the Bellingham average
  • The cost of living in York is 15% higher than the national average
  • York housing is 18% higher 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)
      Household$33,422$2,785$780$1,003

      Washington Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Washington6.5%10.4%

      Washington Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Washington0%0%

      Goods & Services

      ItemBellinghamNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $23.85$20.2717.6%
      Beauty Salon $43.85$40.398.5%
      Toothpaste $3.49$2.3647.9%
      Shampoo $1.54$1.0842.8%
      Movie $12.72$10.9915.7%
      Bowling $18.93$15.4922.2%

      Groceries

      ItemBellinghamNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $5.11$4.3019.0%
      Fried Chicken $2.08$1.4048.4%
      Milk $2.32$2.205.2%
      Potatoes $2.95$3.228.3%
      Pizza $12.99$10.7420.9%
      Beer $10.82$9.6012.8%

      Health Care

      ItemBellinghamNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $177.40$109.7361.7%
      Doctor $145.93$118.3423.3%
      Dentist $107.58$100.946.6%
      Ibuprofen $11.35$9.9314.3%
      Lipitor $467.86$469.530.4%

      Housing

      ItemBellinghamNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $306,300.00$184,700.0065.8%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,653.79$1,229.6234.5%
      Apartment Rent $925.00$949.002.5%

      Transportation

      ItemBellinghamNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $3.48$2.7128.4%
      Tire Balancing $64.94$51.8625.2%

      Utilities

      ItemBellinghamNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$122.69$170.8428.2%
      Phone $196.09$187.184.8%
      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

      CityPopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Custer, WA44811414.4%
      Deming, WA24611414.4%
      Acme, WA16211414.4%
      Edison, WA13511212.3%
      Nooksack, WA1,76311313.4%
      Bellingham, WA84,46212423.7%

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      Bend, OR84,41612221.7%
      Edinburg, TX84,3997821.8%
      Trenton, NJ84,559954.6%
      Riverview, FL84,590991.4%
      Champaign, IL84,672918.8%
      Bellingham, WA84,46212423.7%
      Source: This data reflects 2021 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; this is the most current data available.