Cost of Living in Seattle

Summary about cost of living in Seattle, WA, United States:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 17.75 $ 11.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 $ 60.00-140.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.25 $ 8.00-11.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 $ 5.00-8.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.00 $ 6.00-9.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.70 $ 4.00-6.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.34 $ 2.00-3.20
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.98 $ 1.50-3.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.57 $ 2.99-5.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.18 $ 2.00-5.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.20 $ 1.00-5.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.01 $ 1.79-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.40 $ 4.99-15.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.92 $ 1.99-7.99
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.54 $ 4.50-9.98
Apples (1 lb) 2.29 $ 1.00-3.49
Banana (1 lb) 0.82 $ 0.59-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 2.02 $ 1.00-4.00
Tomato (1 lb) 2.57 $ 0.89-3.79
Potato (1 lb) 1.10 $ 0.50-2.50
Onion (1 lb) 1.19 $ 0.69-2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 2.06 $ 1.00-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.13 $ 0.99-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 9.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.60 $ 1.43-4.29
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.87 $ 1.50-5.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 10.00 $ 9.50-12.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.75 $ 2.75-3.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 99.00 $ 80.00-100.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.60 $ 2.60-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.70 $ 2.50-5.75
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 $ 30.00-36.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.25 $ 2.69-3.75
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 $ 22,600.00-26,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,026.74 $ 21,000.00-28,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 207.68 $ 137.24-350.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.12 $ 0.01-0.18
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 64.32 $ 50.00-100.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 69.97 $ 33.00-125.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 33.57 $ 15.00-44.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 14.00 $ 12.00-18.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,877.65 $ 1,200.00-2,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 25,800.00 $ 19,000.00-39,600.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 51.10 $ 35.00-80.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 43.47 $ 25.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 96.52 $ 69.99-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 132.19 $ 80.00-200.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,201.93 $ 1,800.00-2,800.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,686.29 $ 1,300.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,894.83 $ 3,000.00-6,100.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,868.97 $ 2,000.00-3,560.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 712.23 $ 500.00-999.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 421.13 $ 350.00-649.99
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 6,223.60 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.75 3.00-5.00

Prices in Seattle, Washington

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Last update: November 2020
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11 Comments so far
Raman Saluja on Jul 10, 2020:
Well I lived in Seattle from 2010-2016, its cool place but bit expensive then from other cities, if we move to outskirts, cost decreases, I was working with IT Company, originally I a from Bangalore, India.

I was living at zip code:
https://countrywisecodes.com/united-states/Seattle/post-zip-code/98129

This website has given very good Estimations of Cost of living, It's authentically true approximations given by some actually living in Seattle, some prices are little high but most of them are correct to the best of my knowledge.
Garrett Hasegawa on Jan 06, 2020:
I apologize for the previous comment, another person took my computer and said this comment without consent. I am very sorry about this previous comment and will manage my property better by making sure no one takes it and writes an opinion that is not favorable and should be kept to themselves. I would also like to apologize for the person comment that the person who took my computer made.
Garrett Hasegawa on Jan 06, 2020:
Seattle is a trash city that only Yash Kumar would want to go to.
Jonathan Joestar on May 29, 2019:
You thought it was me, but it was Dio. Kono dio da.
Anonymous on Mar 29, 2018:
Monthly pass price varies, more information can be found on the ORCA website or this chart: https://www.soundtransit.org/sites/default/files/orca_product_list.pdf
Anonymous on Mar 27, 2018:
Just to add a few more details:

Home owners can expect to pay 30%-50% more on utilities w/s/g. King County property taxes are very high also.
Rush hour starts about 4:30am-10am - 1pm til 8pm. Saturday and Sunday's forgetaboutit.
Everything is priced higher in Seattle. McDonald's $4 specials are $5 in Seattle. 2 ltr Pepsi can cost you $4.
I can tell you anything you want to know about Seattle.
The good? There are plenty of good paying jobs here. You can even sell marijuana legally,state supervised of course.

Damm after 60 years I'm still here.
Anonymous on Mar 27, 2018:
Electricity is not what is quoted here. It's billed bi-monthly, average $160 every 2 months for 900sqf apartment with an air conditioner.That's on the high end. Sale taxes here IMO are very high just over 10% but no state income tax. Vehicle licensing EXTREMELY high in the tri county area. West of the mountains very liberal. Eastern side not so much. Can you believe this state had a Republican Governor for 12 years,and if he ran again he would have won.
Born raised schooled here, Damm after 60 years I'm still here.
Anonymous on Nov 05, 2017:
We have four people in a home in kent. Average water sewer and storm combined bill is 110.00 per month.
Anonymous on Aug 09, 2017:
Seattle is very expensive. I would say not much different from bay area and NYC. Cost of living for center area would be at least 75,000/year with a ok life here. I have been living in Seattle about 12 years now, living in Queen Ann neighborhood where is considered expensive area. a studio here is about 1500/month, one bedroom is about 2000/ month.
Frank on Feb 15, 2017:
Hi Everyone,

My girlfriend and I are new to Seattle. We live in an LEED certified building in a 500sq ft. one bedroom apartment. Our water bill for one month has been over $200. This does not include electricity. In the breakdown of the bill, the water usage s reasonable, about $40. But for sewage, we are being charged about $180. This seems incredibly high. We only run our dishwasher and washing machine once a week or twice at most on rare occasions. We don't take excessive showers and only ever taken 1 bath. Wondering if this is indeed the norm or if something is off. I brought this up to our building management and they said we should use less hot water, but this doesn't sound right- our bill doesn't specify anything about hot water and not sure what that has to do with sewage anyway.

Some insight would be much appreciated!
Alice on Jan 16, 2017:
Are the numbers in the top "index" chart per day/per week?
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