Prosser 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.
Cost of living index92115100
Goods & Services index90106100
Groceries index94107100
Health care index111118100
Housing index82135100
Transportation index108116100
Utilities index9894100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Prosser, WA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Prosser, WA enjoy a cost of living index of 92. This index is 21% lower than the Washington average, and 8% lower 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 Prosser, WA, the average cost of goods and services is 15% lower than it is in Washington, and it is 10% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Prosser is 21% lower than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Prosser is 8% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Prosser is 18% 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Prosser, WA to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Prosser, WA, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Prosser, WA salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
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 Prosser, 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. Prosser, WA has a median income of about $65,175 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,521 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $39,583. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $924 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Washington Sales Tax

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Washington Income Tax

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The Washington sales tax and Washington income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Prosser, 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

ItemProsserNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.03$16.0925.2%
Beauty Salon $34.93$37.336.4%
Toothpaste $2.15$2.4512.0%
Shampoo $0.96$1.003.7%
Movie $11.33$10.2810.2%
Bowling $4.35$4.9311.9%


ItemProsserNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.53$3.807.3%
Fried Chicken $1.38$1.401.4%
Milk $2.22$2.0110.7%
Potatoes $1.57$3.0147.7%
Pizza $8.61$9.8912.9%
Beer $9.30$8.904.5%

Health Care

ItemProsserNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $105.17$102.162.9%
Doctor $124.08$108.3614.5%
Dentist $110.33$92.5319.2%
Ibuprofen $9.52$9.282.6%
Lipitor $413.04$425.823.0%


ItemProsserNational avg.Difference
Home Price $158,700.00$184,700.0014.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,308.27$1,202.448.8%
Apartment Rent $691.00$949.0027.2%


ItemProsserNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.56$2.2413.9%
Tire Balancing $44.25$46.294.4%


ItemProsserNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$142.54$165.9614.1%
Phone $32.67$28.6813.9%
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

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Mabton, WA2,22588-12%
Sunnyside, WA16,21790-10%
Grandview, WA11,09888-12%
Benton City, WA3,19389-11%
Prosser, WA5,86092-8%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Wesley Hills, NY5,86016262%
Roseland, CA5,85913636%
Dowagiac, MI5,86378-22%
Spring Hill, KS5,86393-7%
Plymouth, PA5,86585-15%
Prosser, WA5,86092-8%
Source: The Prosser, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.