Chehalis 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.
IndexChehalisWashingtonNational
Cost of living index103116100
IndexChehalisWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index105108100
Groceries index114108100
Health care index121119100
Housing index88135100
Transportation index136116100
Utilities index8989100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Chehalis, WA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Chehalis, WA is 103, which is 11% lower than the Washington average and 3% higher than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Chehalis, WA are 3% lower than the Washington average and 5% higher than the national average.
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  • The cost of living in Chehalis is 11% lower than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Chehalis is 3% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Chehalis 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$72,629$6,052$1,695$2,179
      Renters$25,364$2,114$592$761
      A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Chehalis, WA, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Chehalis, WA has a median income of about $72,629 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,695 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $25,364. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $592 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

      Washington Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Washington6.5%10.4%

      Washington Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Washington0%0%
      For those who live in Chehalis, 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 10.4%. 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

      ItemChehalisNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $22.00$17.4925.8%
      Beauty Salon $39.33$38.173.0%
      Toothpaste $2.66$2.3214.6%
      Shampoo $1.22$1.0120.6%
      Movie $11.02$10.722.8%
      Bowling $14.00$13.861.0%

      Groceries

      ItemChehalisNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $5.19$3.9033.1%
      Fried Chicken $1.72$1.4023.2%
      Milk $2.42$1.9623.3%
      Potatoes $2.55$3.1819.9%
      Pizza $11.99$10.3915.4%
      Beer $9.79$9.236.1%

      Health Care

      ItemChehalisNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $181.60$106.3470.8%
      Doctor $133.75$115.2516.1%
      Dentist $129.70$98.3831.8%
      Ibuprofen $9.71$9.264.8%
      Lipitor $461.50$466.471.1%

      Housing

      ItemChehalisNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $168,000.00$184,700.009.0%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,201.27$1,273.325.7%
      Apartment Rent $783.00$949.0017.5%

      Transportation

      ItemChehalisNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $3.46$2.5933.5%
      Tire Balancing $70.40$48.9044.0%

      Utilities

      ItemChehalisNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$124.69$167.6025.6%
      Phone $196.03$163.4220.0%
      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.

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      Tenino, WA1,7441000%
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      Chehalis, WA7,3401033%

      Cities with similar population

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      Bermuda Dunes, CA7,33912626%
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      Chehalis, WA7,3401033%
      Source: The Chehalis, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.