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Cost of Living Calculator

We all know that the cost of living is higher in Seattle that it is in Yakima, but how much higher is it exactly?

  • A loaf of bread average $4.77 in Seattle, but in Yakima, it’s only $3.23.
  • Ribeye steak average $14.54 per pound in Seattle and $11.01 per pound in Yakima.
  • A dozen eggs average $1.99 in Seattle and $1.48 in Yakima.
  • A men’s dress shirt average $45.00 in Seattle and $29.55 in Yakima.
  • A standard veterinary service average $60.44 in Seattle and $49.09 in Yakima.

Three times a year, the staff of YCDA hits the streets and checks prices for grocery items, including those listed above. We also get prices for rent, new homes sales, utilities, healthcare, mortgage rates, and transportation. In total we collect prices on over 55 items. At the same time we are doing this in Yakima, other organizations are doing the same survey in Seattle, Tri-cities, San Francisco, New York, and over 260 different urban areas across the nation.

We use the data to assist our local business in attracting talent to Valley. All of this pricing Information is available in the user-friendly cost of living comparison calculator located on the YCDA website. This calculator allows a job candidate from outside of the area to see how much further their dollar will go if they accept the job and move to Yakima.

I encourage you to check out this tool. The following link will take you directly to the calculator:

Senior Center – Hours and Activities

The center is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. – CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19 – PLEASE VISIT PEOPLE FOR PEOPLE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION

  • Monday and Wednesday: Art & Crafts and Puzzles
  • Tuesdays and Friday: Bingo

People for People – Meals on Wheels

Union Gap Senior Center – 1000 Ahtanum Road

$2.50/meal (suggested donation) for people over 60 years old.

$7.50/meal for people under 60 years old.

Please register by calling (509) 426-2601


Information for families and Senior Citizens in the State of Washington.

More information regarding services in our area click the following link:

Food Bank

Catholic Charities – St. Vincent Center

Food bank is open Tuesday and Fridays from 9:00 to 12:00 pm
2629 Rudkin Road – Union Gap, WA 98903
(509) 457-5111