Yelm 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 index109115100
Goods & Services index97106100
Groceries index108107100
Health care index118118100
Housing index115135100
Transportation index130116100
Utilities index10794100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Yelm, WA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Washington the cost of living index in Yelm, WA is 109, which is 6% lower than the average in Washington and compared to the national average it is 9% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Yelm, WA goods and services come in at 9% lower than the average in Washington and are 3% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Yelm is 6% lower than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Yelm is 9% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Yelm is 15% 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Yelm, WA to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Yelm, WA, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Yelm, WA salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Yelm, WA, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Yelm, WA, the median monthly income is $60,793 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,418 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $39,034, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $911 on monthly rental expenses.

Washington Sales Tax

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Washington Income Tax

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The Washington sales tax and Washington income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Yelm, WA. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Washington sales tax is 6.5% and the maximum surtax is 10.4%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Washington income tax rates range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemYelmNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.94$16.0917.7%
Beauty Salon $36.32$37.332.7%
Toothpaste $2.80$2.4514.4%
Shampoo $1.30$1.0030.3%
Movie $10.46$10.281.7%
Bowling $3.86$4.9321.7%


ItemYelmNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.81$3.800.2%
Fried Chicken $1.42$1.401.4%
Milk $2.37$2.0118.0%
Potatoes $2.11$3.0129.9%
Pizza $10.66$9.897.8%
Beer $9.79$8.9010.0%

Health Care

ItemYelmNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $127.50$102.1624.8%
Doctor $124.02$108.3614.5%
Dentist $121.56$92.5331.4%
Ibuprofen $10.10$9.288.8%
Lipitor $427.42$425.820.4%


ItemYelmNational avg.Difference
Home Price $202,500.00$184,700.009.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,171.12$1,202.442.6%
Apartment Rent $1,195.00$949.0025.9%


ItemYelmNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.81$2.2425.3%
Tire Balancing $65.27$46.2941.0%


ItemYelmNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$138.42$165.9616.6%
Phone $38.98$28.6835.9%
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.

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Ketron Island, WA011212%
Bucoda, WA59395-5%
Tenino, WA1,74498-2%
Nisqually Indian Community, WA73599-1%
North Yelm, WA2,5901000%
Yelm, WA8,0661099%

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Bellevue, OH8,05982-18%
Yelm, WA8,0661099%
Source: The Yelm, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.