Cost Of Living In Seattle
Seattle is full of bustling neighborhoods that help the quench the tastes of almost everybody out there. I am sure that you will be able to find a place to live in Seattle that reaches your idea of a perfect life rather easily. However, unfortunately the opportunity to live there ultimately comes down to whether it is affordable or not. In this article we are going to take a look at the average cost of living in Seattle.
The first thing to consider is the area that you want to live in. Anything close to the waterfront or east of Washington lake tends to attract a much higher cost of living. There are plenty of cheap locations located throughout Seattle, none of which really detract away from the living experience. These costs are of course subject to change but expect to pay around $700 a month to rent an one bedroom flat in the cheaper areas of Seattle, this will slowly creep up to around $1,000 the further east you go.
Of course, the cost of living isn’t totally down to the price of property. You need to look at a variety of factors including transport costs, food and of course utility bills. In this article we are going to be looking at these as a ‘whole’ compared to the rest of the United States.
On average the prices for groceries seem to be on par with similar sized cities such as New York, although savings can be made by shopping at some of the cheaper locations dotted around Seattle. Owing to the amount of competition in the area you should be able to snag yourself a cheap meal in one of the many restaurants dotted around the area for less than $10. Therefore the costs of eating are not really that high in Seattle. It has been estimated that food is around 10% more expensive than the United States average, which isn’t that large considering you are in a fairly big city where you do normally expect prices to be slightly higher.
One area that many people seem to complain is transport costs. Gas prices in Seattle are generally higher than most other places, although bus transport is fairly cheap. Try not to operate your car during rush hour when the streets become congested and you should be fine.
Utility bills, such as heating and electricity for the area are considerably lower than most over places in the United States. This goes to show that the cost of living is easily balanced out.
It has been suggested that on average the cost of living in Seattle is around 50% more than the average costs of living in America. I really don’t feel this is a lot, in fact, Seattle is one of the cheaper large cities in the United States and the costs of living are worth it.
For the amount you get in Seattle it really isn’t that expensive to live here, sure it is more expensive than other places in the United States but this is countered by the fact that wages in general are higher in this location, after all, many of the world’s largest companies choose to make Seattle their home. If you find a job in Seattle you really should have no problem being able to afford living here.