According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Seattle has an overall cost of living index of 158 which is 1.6x higher than the national index of 100.
Compared to only Washington, Seattle has a cost of living index that's 1.4x higher than Washington's index of 116.
The standard of living in Seattle ranks as #5,977 most affordable out of the 6,522 places we measured in Washington. By definition, that implies Seattle ranks as the #429 most expensive place in the Evergreen State.
|Living Expense||Seattle||Washington||National Average|
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.
|City||Population||Cost Of Living||Vs. Seattle|
|Mercer Island, WA||25,675||217||1.4x|
|Bainbridge Island, WA||24,486||167||1.1x|
|White Center, WA||15,834||129||0.8x|
|Port Orchard, WA||14,062||130||0.8x|