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.
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in St. Helens, OR. As you can see, with the average cost of living in St. Helens, OR being 105, that puts it 8% lower than the average of Oregon and 5% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of St. Helens, OR, the price of goods and services are equal to the average of Oregon as well as 18% higher than the nation's average.
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The cost of living in St. Helens is 8% lower than the Oregon average.
The cost of living in St. Helens is 5% higher than the national average.
The cost of housing in St. Helens is 5% lower than the national average.
Oregon general sales tax is 100% lower than the national average.
Oregon state income tax is 125% higher than the national average.
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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in St. Helens, OR to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in St. Helens, OR, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the St. Helens, OR salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.
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The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in St. Helens, OR 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 St. Helens, OR homeowners, is $63,564. This would allow for a maximum of $1,483 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $26,060 which would result in a maximum of $608 to be spent on rental costs.
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When assessing the complete cost of living in St. Helens, OR, the Oregon income tax and the Oregon sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Oregon maximum surtax is 0%, and the Oregon sales tax is 0%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 5% to 9.9% in Oregon.
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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.