Seattle cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexSeattleWashingtonNational
Cost of living index142112100
IndexSeattleWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index114104100
Groceries index120102100
Health care index119116100
Housing index206137100
Transportation index119108100
Utilities index9983100

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  • The cost of living in Seattle is 26% higher than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Seattle is 42% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Seattle is 106% higher than the national average.
  • Washington general sales tax is 28% higher than the national average.
  • Washington state income tax is 100% lower than the national average.

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Compare Seattle, WA Cost of living To Other Cities

Washington Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Washington6.5%9.6%

Washington Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Washington0%0%

Goods & Services

ItemSeattleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.00$14.5930.2%
Beauty Salon $55.00$34.6858.6%
Toothpaste $3.63$2.4746.8%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $11.33$9.8714.8%
Bowling $7.00$4.3959.4%

Groceries

ItemSeattleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.89$4.4813.1%
Fried Chicken $1.99$1.4635.9%
Milk $1.99$2.3615.6%
Potatoes $2.49$3.0618.7%
Pizza $8.91$9.243.6%
Beer $9.39$8.638.8%

Health Care

ItemSeattleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $135.00$99.7835.3%
Doctor $110.00$105.034.7%
Dentist $125.00$88.7040.9%
Ibuprofen $10.09$9.417.2%
Lipitor $299.00$298.500.2%

Housing

ItemSeattleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $441,000.00$181,400.00143.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,863.61$1,081.0372.4%
Apartment Rent $1,051.00$889.0018.2%

Transportation

ItemSeattleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.52$2.0920.5%
Tire Balancing $51.80$45.2914.4%

Utilities

ItemSeattleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$178.75$170.804.7%
Phone $25.95$28.268.2%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Parkwood, WA7,32211212%
Bremerton, WA38,31111313%
Suquamish, WA4,03811616%
East Port Orchard, WA6,07311616%
Burley, WA2,39111212%
Seattle, WA612,91614242%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Boston, MA619,66214444%
Nashville, TN605,85997-3%
Washington, DC605,75913636%
Baltimore, MD620,64496-4%
Denver, CO604,3561077%
Seattle, WA612,91614242%
Source: The Seattle, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.