Prairie Heights 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.
IndexPrairie HeightsWashingtonNational
Cost of living index116116100
IndexPrairie HeightsWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index105108100
Groceries index114108100
Health care index121119100
Housing index130135100
Transportation index136116100
Utilities index8989100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Prairie Heights, WA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Prairie Heights, WA enjoy a cost of living index of 116. This index is equal to the Washington average, and 16% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Prairie Heights, WA, the average cost of goods and services is 3% lower than it is in Washington, and it is 5% higher than the national average.
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  • The cost of living in Prairie Heights is equal to the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Prairie Heights is 16% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Prairie Heights is 30% 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)
The affordability of the housing market in Prairie Heights, WA as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Prairie Heights, WA homeowners, the median income is $94,043. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $2,194 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $0. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $0 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Washington Sales Tax

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For those who live in Prairie Heights, 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

ItemPrairie HeightsNational 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%


ItemPrairie HeightsNational 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

ItemPrairie HeightsNational 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%


ItemPrairie HeightsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $242,600.00$184,700.0031.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,201.27$1,273.325.7%
Apartment Rent $1,189.00$949.0025.3%


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


ItemPrairie HeightsNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

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La Grande, WA10111010%
Bucoda, WA59397-3%
Tenino, WA1,7441000%
Nisqually Indian Community, WA7351022%
North Yelm, WA2,5901022%
Prairie Heights, WA4,43311616%

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Woodbridge, VA4,43612929%
Prairie Heights, WA4,43311616%
Source: The Prairie Heights, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.
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