Overall 57%
Goods & Services 32%
Housing 126%
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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.
Cost of living157117100
Goods & Services132110100
Health care122121100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Kirkland is 35% higher than the Washington average
  • The cost of living in Kirkland is 57% higher than the national average
  • Kirkland housing is 126% 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

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      The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Kirkland, WA, as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Kirkland homeowners, is $113,527. This would allow for a maximum of $2,649 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $69,685 which would result in a maximum of $1,626 to be spent on rental costs.

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      Goods & Services

      ItemKirklandNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $34.11$20.2768.3%
      Beauty Salon $56.95$40.3941.0%
      Toothpaste $4.02$2.3670.5%
      Shampoo $1.19$1.0810.2%
      Movie $13.16$10.9919.7%
      Bowling $21.77$15.4940.5%


      ItemKirklandNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $5.63$4.3030.9%
      Fried Chicken $2.57$1.4083.4%
      Milk $2.21$2.200.5%
      Potatoes $3.32$3.223.2%
      Pizza $13.72$10.7427.8%
      Beer $12.19$9.6027.0%

      Health Care

      ItemKirklandNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $153.67$109.7340.0%
      Doctor $150.37$118.3427.1%
      Dentist $125.24$100.9424.1%
      Ibuprofen $11.27$9.9313.5%
      Lipitor $501.16$469.536.7%


      ItemKirklandNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $469,000.00$184,700.00153.9%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,574.05$1,229.62109.3%
      Apartment Rent $1,517.00$949.0059.9%


      ItemKirklandNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $3.61$2.7133.1%
      Tire Balancing $71.35$51.8637.6%


      ItemKirklandNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$188.34$170.8410.2%
      Phone $197.61$187.185.6%
      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

      CityPopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Boulevard Park, WA3,68912524.7%
      White Center, WA15,30612727.3%
      Kingston, WA1,85912827.5%
      Monroe, WA17,90613029.9%
      Indianola, WA3,57313030.1%
      Kirkland, WA85,81215757.1%

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      CityPopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Concord, NC85,753963.7%
      Fishers, IN85,8871033.3%
      Sugar Land, TX85,68111817.5%
      Citrus Heights, CA85,95411313.0%
      Clifton, NJ85,57812726.6%
      Kirkland, WA85,81215757.1%
      Source: This data reflects 2021 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; this is the most current data available.