Union Gap 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.
IndexUnion GapWashingtonNational
Cost of living index88115100
IndexUnion GapWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index97106100
Groceries index103107100
Health care index116118100
Housing index61135100
Transportation index115116100
Utilities index8294100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Union Gap, WA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Union Gap, WA enjoy a cost of living index of 88. This index is 24% lower than the Washington average, and 12% 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 Union Gap, WA, the average cost of goods and services is 9% lower than it is in Washington, and it is 3% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Union Gap is 24% lower than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Union Gap is 12% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Union Gap is 39% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Union Gap, WA by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Union Gap, WA have a median income of $37,917. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $885 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $36,659, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $855.

Washington Sales Tax

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Washington Income Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in Union Gap, WA you will want to make sure you consider both the Washington sales tax and the Washington income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Washington is 6.5%, with the highest surtax being 10.4%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Washington have a range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemUnion GapNational 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%


ItemUnion GapNational 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

ItemUnion GapNational 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%


ItemUnion GapNational avg.Difference
Home Price $93,700.00$184,700.0049.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,043.79$1,202.4413.2%
Apartment Rent $791.00$949.0016.6%


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


ItemUnion GapNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Parker, WA721000%
Donald, WA01000%
White Swan, WA63384-16%
Wapato, WA5,06289-11%
Toppenish, WA8,97789-11%
Union Gap, WA6,12588-12%

Cities with similar population

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Barnhart, MO6,12594-6%
Parkville, MO6,12411111%
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El Granada, CA6,132204104%
Silver Lake, NC6,11799-1%
Union Gap, WA6,12588-12%
Source: The Union Gap, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.