Issaquah 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.
IndexIssaquahWashingtonNational
Cost of living index160116100
IndexIssaquahWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index136108100
Groceries index129108100
Health care index128119100
Housing index231135100
Transportation index135116100
Utilities index10789100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Issaquah, WA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Washington and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Issaquah, WA is 160, which is 39% higher than the Washington average and 60% 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 Issaquah, WA are 26% higher than the average for Washington and 36% higher than the rest of the country.
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  • The cost of living in Issaquah is 39% higher than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Issaquah is 60% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Issaquah is 131% 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)
      Owners$121,000$10,083$2,823$3,630
      Renters$69,276$5,773$1,616$2,078
      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 Issaquah, 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. Issaquah, WA has a median income of about $121,000 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $2,823 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $69,276. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,616 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%
      The Washington sales tax and Washington income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Issaquah, WA. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Washington sales tax is 6.5% and the maximum surtax is 10.4%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Washington income tax rates range from 0% to 0%.

      Goods & Services

      ItemIssaquahNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $34.38$17.4996.6%
      Beauty Salon $47.00$38.1723.1%
      Toothpaste $3.37$2.3245.2%
      Shampoo $1.18$1.0116.6%
      Movie $14.42$10.7234.5%
      Bowling $20.67$13.8649.1%

      Groceries

      ItemIssaquahNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $5.99$3.9053.6%
      Fried Chicken $2.12$1.4051.9%
      Milk $1.99$1.961.4%
      Potatoes $2.99$3.186.1%
      Pizza $12.10$10.3916.4%
      Beer $11.49$9.2324.5%

      Health Care

      ItemIssaquahNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $159.86$106.3450.3%
      Doctor $136.67$115.2518.6%
      Dentist $147.50$98.3849.9%
      Ibuprofen $10.19$9.2610.0%
      Lipitor $478.09$466.472.5%

      Housing

      ItemIssaquahNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $477,200.00$184,700.00158.4%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,965.45$1,273.32132.9%
      Apartment Rent $1,584.00$949.0066.9%

      Transportation

      ItemIssaquahNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $3.57$2.5937.7%
      Tire Balancing $65.70$48.9034.4%

      Utilities

      ItemIssaquahNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$181.53$167.608.3%
      Phone $191.40$163.4217.1%
      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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      Fairwood CDP (Spokane County), WA8,05512525%
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      SeaTac, WA28,29812828%
      White Center, WA15,30612929%
      Tukwila, WA19,87812929%
      Issaquah, WA34,72816060%

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      Issaquah, WA34,72816060%
      Source: The Issaquah, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.