Des Moines, WA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2020-03-08
Des Moines's Overall Cost Of Living
Higher Than The National Average
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Des Moines is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Des Moines, WA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Des Moines has an overall cost of living index of 132 which is 1.3x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Washington, Des Moines has a cost of living index that's 1.1x higher than Washington's index of 116.

The standard of living in Des Moines ranks as #5342 most affordable out of the 6522 places we measured in Washington. By definition, that implies Des Moines ranks as the #1064 most expensive place in the Evergreen State.

Des Moines Cost Of Living Vs. Washington

Living Expense Des Moines Washington National Average
Overall 132 116 100
Services 136 108 100
Groceries 129 108 100
Health 128 119 100
Housing 136 135 100
Transportation 135 116 100
Utilities 107 89 100
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Des Moines, WA Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in Washington, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

Median Home Value
Median Rent
Median Income
Statistic Des Moines Washington United States
Median Home Value $329,500 $311,700 $204,900
Median Rent $1,282 $1,194 $1,023
Median Income $63,875 $70,116 $60,293
Home Value To Income 5.2x 4.4x 3.4x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.24x 0.2x 0.2x

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Cost Of Living In Cities Around Des Moines

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Des Moines
Tacoma, WA 210,103 110 0.8x
Kent, WA 128,057 131 1.0x
Federal Way, WA 96,110 131 1.0x
Auburn, WA 79,110 128 1.0x
Lakewood, WA 59,606 110 0.8x
Burien, WA 51,326 134 1.0x
Parkland, WA 37,185 105 0.8x
SeaTac, WA 28,925 128 1.0x
Tukwila, WA 20,198 129 1.0x
Port Orchard, WA 13,788 130 1.0x

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