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 65.00 $ 45.00-80.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.00 $ 8.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 $ 4.50-7.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.00 $ 5.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.40 $ 3.50-5.15
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.09 $ 1.50-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.61 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.23 $ 2.50-5.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.82 $ 1.89-4.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.89 $ 1.00-3.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.99 $ 1.99-4.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.41 $ 4.59-12.45
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5.64 $ 3.49-7.34
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.10 $ 4.95-8.25
Apples (1 lb) 2.32 $ 1.49-4.54
Banana (1 lb) 0.78 $ 0.67-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 1.72 $ 1.00-2.99
Tomato (1 lb) 1.95 $ 1.25-3.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.17 $ 0.73-2.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.11 $ 0.69-1.81
Lettuce (1 head) 1.85 $ 1.00-2.99
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.01 $ 1.50-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 14.00 $ 10.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.05 $ 1.50-3.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.41 $ 1.50-4.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 10.00 $ 9.50-12.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.75 $ 2.50-2.75
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 99.50 $ 90.00-116.50
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.60 $ 2.50-3.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.70 $ 2.50-4.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 $ 30.00-45.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.43 $ 3.10-3.75
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,500.00 $ 20,000.00-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,432.25 $ 18,600.00-30,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 153.93 $ 90.00-236.11
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.10 $ 0.10-0.18
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 66.54 $ 50.00-90.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 51.92 $ 30.00-100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 31.10 $ 10.00-40.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 14.00 $ 12.00-15.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,357.50 $ 800.00-2,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 20,363.64 $ 17,400.00-25,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 50.49 $ 35.00-75.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 43.22 $ 29.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 82.60 $ 60.00-104.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 115.19 $ 80.00-160.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,970.79 $ 1,645.00-2,400.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,500.78 $ 1,200.00-1,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,510.10 $ 2,750.00-5,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,524.07 $ 1,950.00-3,200.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 665.98 $ 517.00-979.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 399.68 $ 280.00-500.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,667.84 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.30 4.00-4.60

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Last update: December 2018
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20 Comments so far

#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
#Charlie on Aug 21, 2015 :
My fiance and i are wanting to relocate to the Seattle/ tacoma area. Was looking for some guidance as to which cites/towns that are affordable for a 1 bedroom apts. Please leave comments thank you!!
#South Lake Union on Aug 10, 2015 :
FYI for those of you who want to move here yes it is gorgeous and now it doesn't rain any more than Chicago or DC but it will be cloudy for 9 months out of the year (but less than 3 inches of rain June, July, Aug) warm with no humidity. The cost of living is also becoming very high in the city - 1 bedroom apartments are now over $1700 a month with very limited availability and traffic is horrible if you need to drive in from the suburbs. Assume a commute of at least 30 minutes each way.

Check out craigslist for apts and the city of seattle traffic map during rush hour it can take up to 20 minutes to go 4 blocks on mercer for example (Amazon is flooding the city with new employees - many from overseas) so the culture downtown is young 20 somethings from India and local Seattle Times articles has highlighted the backlash but they have little do with the social life of the city so come on up, find a roomate and join the rest of us who love it here.
#Cascadia on Aug 10, 2015 :
The grocery prices listed here are very high - check out both Safeway and Fred Meyer for Boneless Chicken Breasts at $1.99 (vs $5.99) for example
#destiny on Jun 06, 2015 :
I live in LA and I want to move out to settle when I get done with high school and hopefully go out there for college. About how much would I be looking at if I were to rent an apartment or studio over there? how much would I have to be bringing home to manage to live over there? ( I currently work at Del Taco)
#taylor church on May 06, 2015 :
#Giovanni arredondo: As of April 1, 2015, the minimum wage in Seattle is $11/hour and will gradually increase to $15/hour. Many restaurants in Seattle are starting to pay their employees the full $15 now. Beware though, many are also doing away with tipping to compensate...
#taylor church on May 06, 2015 :
Yes we have APS. It's a statewide program, although there may also be similar services and programs located at the county level. Check out to find all state jobs including APS. Just create a resume online and then when you see positions open up you just apply. I suggest applying for multiple positions. I work for the state also, and the process can take a long time and you may not be asked to interview for a job even if you're qualified. It sometimes feels like positions are only posted to comply with the union and they knew who they wanted to hire the whole time, so don't get discouraged. Also, it's much easier to move around and change positions once you're already in, so I suggest taking whatever gets you in the door and then you can pick and choose better positions from there. Good luck!
#Antoinette Haywood on Mar 27, 2015 :
I'm from L.A. California looking to move to Seattle by the end of the year 2015. I work for the County of L.A. in Adult Protective Services, I was wondering if there are services like that in Seattle. I'm looking to apply for any County, State or City jobs. I would appreciate it, if I could be giving directions on how to apply for any posistions available.
#Terkelin Purba on Mar 11, 2015 :
Hi all.., my son will go to college in seatle. I want to buy an apartement for 1 room. Please let me know how I can buy it ? is foreigner allow to buy property in seatle ? appreciate if you can email me for any information (
Many Thanks
#Giovanni arredondo on Jan 13, 2015 :
I'm from my California and I'm planning to move to Seattle with my girlfriend that lives over there . I don't know anything about Seattle and my job currently is as a server for Chili's. Is there great server jobs that you can live off on out there?
#candy on Jan 03, 2015 :
Hi, my 2 sisters and i are planning to move to Seattle because one of my sisters wants to work for the fbi so what area will be the best part to live at.