Wapato 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 index89115100
Goods & Services index97106100
Groceries index103107100
Health care index116118100
Housing index64135100
Transportation index115116100
Utilities index8294100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Wapato, WA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Washington and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Wapato, WA is 89, which is 23% lower than the Washington average and 11% lower 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 Wapato, 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 Wapato is 23% lower than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Wapato is 11% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Wapato is 36% 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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How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Wapato, WA, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Wapato, WA homeowners have a median income of $40,719. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $950 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $28,625, which means there is a maximum of $668 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Washington Sales Tax

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Washington Income Tax

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One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Wapato, WA is the Washington sales tax and Washington income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Washington sales tax rate is 6.5% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 10.4%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Washington income tax rates range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemWapatoNational 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%


ItemWapatoNational 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

ItemWapatoNational 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%


ItemWapatoNational avg.Difference
Home Price $111,200.00$184,700.0039.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,043.79$1,202.4413.2%
Apartment Rent $680.00$949.0028.3%


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


ItemWapatoNational 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.
Donald, WA01000%
Parker, WA721000%
White Swan, WA63384-16%
Union Gap, WA6,12588-12%
Toppenish, WA8,97789-11%
Wapato, WA5,06289-11%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Childersburg, AL5,06283-17%
Monticello, LA5,06293-7%
Layhill, MD5,06314141%
Tillamook, OR5,0631033%
Wellington, OH5,06386-14%
Wapato, WA5,06289-11%
Source: The Wapato, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.
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