West Richland 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.
IndexWest RichlandWashingtonNational
Cost of living index99115100
IndexWest RichlandWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index90106100
Groceries index94107100
Health care index111118100
Housing index107135100
Transportation index108116100
Utilities index9894100
An overview of the general cost of living index for West Richland, WA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in West Richland, WA enjoy a cost of living index of 99. This index is 14% lower than the Washington average, and 1% 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 West Richland, WA, the average cost of goods and services is 15% lower than it is in Washington, and it is 10% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in West Richland is 14% lower than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in West Richland is 1% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in West Richland is 7% 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 percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in West Richland, WA 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 West Richland, WA homeowners, is $92,694. This would allow for a maximum of $2,163 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $46,097 which would result in a maximum of $1,076 to be spent on rental costs.

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 West Richland, 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

ItemWest RichlandNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.03$16.0925.2%
Beauty Salon $34.93$37.336.4%
Toothpaste $2.15$2.4512.0%
Shampoo $0.96$1.003.7%
Movie $11.33$10.2810.2%
Bowling $4.35$4.9311.9%


ItemWest RichlandNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.53$3.807.3%
Fried Chicken $1.38$1.401.4%
Milk $2.22$2.0110.7%
Potatoes $1.57$3.0147.7%
Pizza $8.61$9.8912.9%
Beer $9.30$8.904.5%

Health Care

ItemWest RichlandNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $105.17$102.162.9%
Doctor $124.08$108.3614.5%
Dentist $110.33$92.5319.2%
Ibuprofen $9.52$9.282.6%
Lipitor $413.04$425.823.0%


ItemWest RichlandNational avg.Difference
Home Price $202,200.00$184,700.009.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,308.27$1,202.448.8%
Apartment Rent $960.00$949.001.2%


ItemWest RichlandNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.56$2.2413.9%
Tire Balancing $44.25$46.294.4%


ItemWest RichlandNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$142.54$165.9614.1%
Phone $32.67$28.6813.9%
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.
Benton City, WA3,19389-11%
Pasco, WA68,56794-6%
Kennewick, WA77,97595-5%
Richland, WA53,2271000%
West Pasco, WA2,39811212%
West Richland, WA13,40799-1%

Cities with similar population

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Warrenville, IL13,4151044%
Butler, PA13,39988-12%
Fostoria, OH13,39785-15%
McFarland, CA13,3911022%
Waianae, HI13,42614848%
West Richland, WA13,40799-1%
Source: The West Richland, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.