Olympia, WA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2020-03-08
Olympia'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 Olympia is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Olympia, WA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Olympia has an overall cost of living index of 114 which is 1.1x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Washington, Olympia has a cost of living index that's 1.0x lower than Washington's index of 116.

The standard of living in Olympia ranks as #4428 most affordable out of the 6522 places we measured in Washington. By definition, that implies Olympia ranks as the #1979 most expensive place in the Evergreen State.

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Olympia Cost Of Living Vs. Washington

Living Expense Olympia Washington National Average
Overall 114 116 100
Services 105 108 100
Groceries 114 108 100
Health 121 119 100
Housing 125 135 100
Transportation 136 116 100
Utilities 89 89 100
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Olympia Cost of Living Vs. WA

Olympia, 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 Olympia Washington United States
Median Home Value $276,300 $311,700 $204,900
Median Rent $1,089 $1,194 $1,023
Median Income $58,606 $70,116 $60,293
Home Value To Income 4.7x 4.4x 3.4x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.22x 0.2x 0.2x

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Cost Of Living In Cities Around Olympia

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Olympia
Lakewood, WA 59,606 110 1.0x
Lacey, WA 47,852 114 1.0x
Tumwater, WA 22,500 112 1.0x
Fort Lewis, WA 12,933 122 1.1x
Shelton, WA 9,996 102 0.9x
DuPont, WA 9,379 128 1.1x
Yelm, WA 8,772 111 1.0x
Tanglewilde, WA 6,581 108 0.9x
Steilacoom, WA 6,270 120 1.1x

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