There are many diverse neighborhoods in the South Sound region; they often vary in cost and income. As of May 2010, the total average cost of living for an Olympia renter is $43,236.
Here are some specific costs for utilities, goods, and services:
1.) Auto gas price:
Regular, Unleaded ranges: $2.89 to $3.11 per gallon
2.) Average Monthly Water Bill: $30
3.) Average Monthly Electric bill: $97
4.) Average natural-gas bill: $80
5.) Average garbage (with recycling) monthly bill: $15
6.) Movie-theater ticket price:
1 adult ticket: $9.75
7.) Average two-bedroom apartments for rent in Olympia: $888.00/month
A person living downtown will usually have a much lower cost of living than someone living in Federal Way or most areas farther away from downtown Olympia.