Columbia Heights 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.
IndexColumbia HeightsWashingtonDistrict of Columbia
Cost of living index158152152
IndexColumbia HeightsWashingtonDistrict of Columbia
Goods & Services index123123123
Groceries index113113113
Health care index101101101
Housing index254235235
Transportation index112112112
Utilities index114114114

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  • The cost of living in Columbia Heights is 4% higher than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Columbia Heights is 58% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Columbia Heights is 154% higher than the national average.
  • District of Columbia general sales tax is 13% higher than the national average.
  • District of Columbia state income tax is 80% higher 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)
Household$79,273$6,606$1,850$2,378

District of Columbia Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
District of Columbia5.75%5.75%

District of Columbia Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
District of Columbia4%8.95%

Goods & Services

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $24.11$16.0949.9%
Beauty Salon $73.39$37.3396.6%
Toothpaste $3.52$2.4543.7%
Shampoo $1.12$1.0012.3%
Movie $13.33$10.2829.7%
Bowling $5.45$4.9310.5%

Groceries

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.08$3.807.3%
Fried Chicken $1.32$1.405.3%
Milk $2.45$2.0122.0%
Potatoes $5.07$3.0168.3%
Pizza $10.99$9.8911.2%
Beer $9.82$8.9010.4%

Health Care

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $75.00$102.1626.6%
Doctor $99.67$108.368.0%
Dentist $95.67$92.533.4%
Ibuprofen $10.22$9.2810.2%
Lipitor $474.34$425.8211.4%

Housing

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $506,100.00$184,700.00174.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,169.67$1,202.44163.6%
Apartment Rent $1,362.00$949.0043.5%

Transportation

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.46$2.249.5%
Tire Balancing $55.00$46.2918.8%

Utilities

ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$216.49$165.9630.4%
Phone $27.32$28.684.8%
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.
Rose Hill CDP (Lee County), VA70892-8%
Woodlawn CDP (Carroll County), VA2,24794-6%
Wakefield town, VA81097-3%
Belle Haven town, VA5621022%
Cottage City, MD1,20911010%
Washington, DC659,00915252%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Boston, MA658,27914848%
Memphis, TN655,85782-18%
Denver, CO663,30311515%
Seattle, WA668,84915959%
Nashville, TN643,77198-2%
Washington, DC659,00915252%
Source: The Columbia Heights, Washington, DC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.