Cost of Living in Seattle

Summary about cost of living in Seattle:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 12.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 70.00 $ 45.00-90.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 $ 7.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 $ 4.50-7.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.00 $ 5.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.19 $ 3.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.24 $ 1.50-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.59 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.15 $ 2.27-4.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.78 $ 1.89-4.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.90 $ 1.00-3.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.76 $ 1.99-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.22 $ 5.00-10.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5.53 $ 3.00-8.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.70 $ 5.00-9.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.42 $ 1.49-4.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.77 $ 0.50-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 1.75 $ 0.99-2.99
Tomato (1 lb) 2.10 $ 1.29-3.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.15 $ 0.73-3.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.17 $ 0.79-2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.88 $ 1.00-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.92 $ 1.25-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 10.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.99 $ 1.43-3.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.35 $ 1.40-4.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 10.00 $ 9.50-12.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.75 $ 2.75-2.75
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 99.00 $ 90.00-110.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.60 $ 2.60-3.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.70 $ 2.50-4.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 $ 30.00-36.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.45 $ 3.00-3.75
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,500.00 $ 22,000.00-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,293.54 $ 18,600.00-26,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 156.75 $ 100.00-242.86
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.12 $ 0.01-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 65.13 $ 45.00-100.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 51.11 $ 30.00-95.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 27.83 $ 0.00-40.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 $ 12.00-16.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,720.83 $ 1,000.00-2,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 23,600.00 $ 15,600.00-39,600.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 48.29 $ 35.00-65.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 41.03 $ 25.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 83.87 $ 60.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 115.93 $ 75.00-190.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,058.98 $ 1,500.00-2,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,623.57 $ 1,200.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,616.67 $ 2,600.00-5,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,586.93 $ 2,000.00-3,200.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 660.61 $ 517.00-979.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 419.15 $ 300.00-533.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,334.94 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.17 3.65-5.00

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Last update: October 2019
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11 Comments so far

#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:
#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?
The ? link does not take me anywhere useful. The destination page says "Our system cannot find city with named with "cpi_explained.jsp"."
#Will on Jan 10, 2016 :

Dont know that youre still around the site to see this but after reading the other response to your comment i felt it necessary to say at least something. All of western washington if very culturally accepting and many, if not all, companies hire indiscriminently provided you have the language skills to accompany your considerable education. I grew up in Tukwila, the city south of seattle the other commentor mentioned, and i would not recommend it to anyone, especially seeing that youre looking to raise a little girl. The education system is crowded, understaffed, and generally underperforming. Thats not to say there arent many great teachers, i happen to know a few but with such a widely diverse population these kids need more attention from teachers. Tukwila is also a somewhat dangerous place to live as it boasts one of the highest crime rates per capita in the US. I would recommend finding a job that will pay for your relocation, its not always easy to find but as Seattle is currently in an economic boom there are many mid level jobs for educated people as yourself opening up. Once youve found employment and have an idea of your future income i would start searching the suburbs in Kent, Burien, Des Moines, West Seattle, Federal Way and the surrounding areas as they all have easy access to seattle with varied transportation options. They also tend to have more moderately priced housing and are all near the Highline School district which is one of the better districts in our state. Good luck, hope this was helpful
#Milo on Jan 06, 2016 :
Hey guys ,
So , seattle and tacoma are very very diffrernt places in my opnion , ive lived in both seattle and tacoma , as we speak i live in seattle proper.
tacoma is way more affordable then seattle, a one bedroom in seattle is probably going for around 1000 right now , anything cheaper and it will be gone within seconds ,
so Jorge , seattle is a pretty nice city and it is very libreal which is what Iam so i enjoy living around similiar minded people. tukwila whisch is just 8 min south of seattle has the most diverese population of any city in the usa. there are many immagrants from africa and the islands. there is a growing mexican population (my GF is mexican), also the city in general has a positive attiudes to immigrants , whcih matters when ur trying to find a job lol
#Jorge on Oct 25, 2015 :
Hey guys, i'm looking for some info about work and cost of living in Seattle. let me explain:

I´m mexican and my wife and i really want to make a new life in the US (we're currently in Mexico city) and we believe that Seattle could be THE place to grow older and raise our little girl like she deserves, in a nice and vibrant city with great education and lots of oportunities.

This might be unnecesary but we're going as legal inmigrants with universitary education (my wife has a MBA and i have a degree in International relations, she's 26 and I'm 28).

Hope someone can help us