Seattle, WA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2021-02-06
158
Seattle's Overall Cost Of Living
1.6x
Higher Than The National Average
177 out of 190
In Washington
5,973 out of 6,399
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Seattle is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Seattle, WA?

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.

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Seattle Cost Of Living Vs. Washington

Living Expense Seattle Washington National Average
Overall 158 116 100
Services 136 108 100
Groceries 129 108 100
Health 128 119 100
Housing 224 135 100
Transportation 135 116 100
Utilities 107 89 100
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Seattle Cost of Living Vs. WA

Seattle, 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.

$663,100
Median Home Value
$1,614
Median Rent
$92,263
Median Income
Statistic Seattle Washington United States
Median Home Value $663,100 $339,000 $217,500
Median Rent $1,614 $1,258 $1,062
Median Income $92,263 $73,775 $62,843
Home Value To Income 7.2x 4.6x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.21x 0.2x 0.2x

Detailed Seattle Services Costs Vs. Washington

Item Seattle Washington
Shampoo $1.18 $1.01
Movie $14.42 $10.72
Bowling $20.67 $13.86

Detailed Seattle Groceries Costs Vs. Washington

Item Seattle Washington
Ground Beef $5.99 $3.9
Fried Chicken $2.12 $1.4
Milk $1.99 $1.96

Detailed Seattle Health Costs Vs. Washington

Item Seattle Washington
Haircut $34.38 $17.49
Beauty Salon $47.0 $38.17
Toothpaste $3.37 $2.32

Detailed Seattle Transportation Costs Vs. Washington

Item Seattle Washington
Potatoes $2.99 $3.18
Pizza $12.1 $10.39
Beer $11.49 $9.23
Optometrist $159.86 $106.34
Doctor $136.67 $115.25
Dentist $147.5 $98.38

Detailed Seattle Utilities Costs Vs. Washington

Item Seattle Washington
Gasoline $3.57 $2.59
Tire Balancing $65.7 $48.9
All Electricity $181.53 $167.6
Phone $191.4 $163.42

Seattle SnackAbility

8.5
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
8.5/10
Housing
9.5
Affordability
5
Diversity
9
Safety
3
Amenities
10
Education
9
Commute
6

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Seattle

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Seattle
Kent, WA 131,118 131 0.8x
Kirkland, WA 89,438 159 1.0x
Bremerton, WA 40,631 120 0.8x
SeaTac, WA 29,019 128 0.8x
Mercer Island, WA 25,675 217 1.4x
Bainbridge Island, WA 24,486 167 1.1x
Silverdale, WA 21,677 133 0.8x
Tukwila, WA 20,196 129 0.8x
White Center, WA 15,834 129 0.8x
Port Orchard, WA 14,062 130 0.8x

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