Selah 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 index101115100
Goods & Services index97106100
Groceries index103107100
Health care index116118100
Housing index104135100
Transportation index115116100
Utilities index8294100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Selah, WA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Washington and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Selah, WA is 101, which is 12% lower than the Washington average and 1% 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 Selah, WA are 9% lower than the average for Washington and 3% lower than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Selah is 12% lower than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Selah is 1% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Selah is 4% 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 Selah, 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 Selah, WA homeowners, the median income is $55,429. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,293 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $34,364. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $802 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Washington Sales Tax

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Washington Income Tax

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For those who live in Selah, 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

ItemSelahNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.89$16.0913.6%
Beauty Salon $21.72$37.3341.8%
Toothpaste $2.85$2.4516.4%
Shampoo $1.22$1.0022.3%
Movie $10.46$10.281.7%
Bowling $3.69$4.9325.1%


ItemSelahNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.43$3.809.7%
Fried Chicken $1.43$1.402.6%
Milk $1.96$2.012.2%
Potatoes $1.90$3.0136.8%
Pizza $10.32$9.894.4%
Beer $9.21$8.903.5%

Health Care

ItemSelahNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $132.78$102.1630.0%
Doctor $127.88$108.3618.0%
Dentist $117.61$92.5327.1%
Ibuprofen $9.05$9.282.4%
Lipitor $412.72$425.823.1%


ItemSelahNational avg.Difference
Home Price $206,200.00$184,700.0011.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,043.79$1,202.4413.2%
Apartment Rent $829.00$949.0012.6%


ItemSelahNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.68$2.2419.4%
Tire Balancing $49.77$46.297.5%


ItemSelahNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$120.00$165.9627.7%
Phone $26.66$28.687.0%
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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Donald, WA01000%
Parker, WA721000%
Union Gap, WA6,12588-12%
Wapato, WA5,06289-11%
Tieton, WA1,38290-10%
Selah, WA7,5991011%

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Holly Springs, MS7,59177-23%
Selah, WA7,5991011%
Source: The Selah, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.