Cost of Living in Seattle

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

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 $ 15.00-32.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 $ 65.00-150.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 13.00 $ 12.00-15.16
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.00 $ 5.00-10.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.00 $ 7.00-11.00
Cappuccino (regular) 5.83 $ 4.50-8.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.17 $ 2.29-5.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.47 $ 2.00-4.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.51 $ 3.00-6.49
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.97 $ 2.00-6.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.45 $ 1.00-4.49
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.63 $ 2.99-7.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.17 $ 3.68-18.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 6.96 $ 3.29-10.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 9.01 $ 5.50-13.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.31 $ 1.25-3.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.82 $ 0.69-1.95
Oranges (1 lb) 2.16 $ 1.25-6.00
Tomato (1 lb) 2.49 $ 0.99-3.98
Potato (1 lb) 1.40 $ 0.53-2.89
Onion (1 lb) 1.51 $ 0.80-2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 2.49 $ 1.49-3.59
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.10 $ 1.00-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 12.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.44 $ 1.27-4.55
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.50 $ 1.80-6.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 12.00 $ 10.00-12.50
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.75 $ 2.50-3.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 99.00 $ 90.00-120.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.70 $ 2.60-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.70 $ 2.70-3.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 $ 30.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.95 $ 4.16-5.50
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 36,656.56 $ 26,000.00-44,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,147.93 $ 25,000.00-28,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 236.05 $ 150.00-400.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 57.29 $ 30.00-150.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 69.94 $ 50.00-100.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 62.41 $ 35.00-100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 41.12 $ 40.00-44.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 16.00 $ 14.00-20.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,095.37 $ 1,500.00-3,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 28,000.00 $ 28,000.00-30,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 64.52 $ 35.00-108.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 55.26 $ 30.00-75.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 97.04 $ 70.00-150.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 131.33 $ 75.00-229.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,363.51 $ 1,800.00-3,600.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,850.77 $ 1,500.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,390.91 $ 3,500.00-6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,325.00 $ 2,800.00-4,500.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 739.89 $ 500.46-999.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 474.68 $ 417.04-550.00
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 6,468.13 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.55 6.00-7.48

Prices in Seattle, Washington

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Last update: June 2024
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9 Comments so far
Samuel Weiss on May 24, 2024:
Seattle is indeed one of the most expensive places in the US, slightly behind Hawai, California and New York.
Danya on Apr 12, 2024:
Steven D."One of the least affordable places in the States"
According to the Numbeo "Current Local Purchasing Power Index by City" rating, the city of Seattle ranks 4st in the world and 1st in the USA. This means that in Seattle you can save a lot of money from one salary after all monthly expenses
Steven D. on Dec 20, 2023:
Prices going through the roof, they keep going up. One of the least affordable places in the States. Lots of junkies everywhere too.
Memphis transplant on Jul 05, 2023:
Seattle has its ups and downs.
Rent is too high.
Gas is too high
The city would tax air if they could.
People a fickle
Fentanyl freaks like any big city now days.

Beautiful views everywhere
Weather is fantastic 8 months a year and 85 is hot here.
Some of the most beautiful women in the country up here.
Relatively safe compared to other cities
Great shopping
Tons of old cars up here too and rare ones.
Water water everywhere

8/10
LaHI on May 20, 2023:
In Seattle, Rent price have actually begin to fall since 2023. Avg price for 1BR apartment is close to $1500. Please change it in your db
Seattle Portista on May 23, 2022:
Seattle is a fine city to live in, with culture, outdoor activities, professional sports teams…

Unfortunately, unless you work in tech, for Microsoft or Amazon, etc., you can’t afford to live here. Property values are through the roof, as are rents, precisely because all those techies have moved here. The working class is pushed farther and farther out into the suburbs, while the small houses that were built around WWII— the heart of Seattle’s identity and personality—are torn down and replaced with ugly McMansions.

It’s a fine place to live, if you’re wealthy. Otherwise, not so much.
Anonymous on Jun 16, 2021:
I love how they use New York one of the biggest if not the biggest yuppie cities in the US. Okay compare Seattle to any other city other than New York or San Fran or LA. Try and make it sound like its cheap to live here than go on to throw a graph up that shows 42% of your wage goes to rent. No wonder Seattle has hipsters running to it from all over the world. Come here and give your wage back to this utopia that believes a majority of your paycheck should go to bills and surviving.
Anonymous on Jan 02, 2021:
Seattle has never been a good city for business because presentation is everything especially for new businesses thinking about opening. The streets are in disrepair and trash overflowing in the streets.
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.