The 10 Cheapest Seattle, WA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Seattle are the cheapest of the cheap.

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Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Seattle.
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Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Seattle might be more expensive than living in rural Washington, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

So what exactly are those Seattle neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Seattle are the cheapest.

What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in Seattle for 2019? According to the most recent census data, High Point looks to be the cheaptest Seattle neighborhood to live in.

At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Seattle. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Seattle that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Seattle.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from cheapest to most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Seattle Hoods In 2019

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Seattle, we had to determine what criteria defines ‘cheap’.

Using census and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 78 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the ‘Cheapest City Neighborhood In Seattle.’ We’re lookin’ at you, High Point.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the cheapest places Seattle. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.

The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Seattle For 2019

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Population: 7,820
Cost Of Living Index: 137 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.5 (26th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.013 (24th cheapest)
More on High Point: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in High Point comes in at $60,140 and the median home value is $331,500 for 2019.

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Population: 2,705
Cost Of Living Index: 153 (32nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.0 (10th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.012 (18th cheapest)
More on Industrial District: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Industrial District comes in at $89,424 and the median home value is $449,162 for 2019.

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9.5
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Population: 1,789
Cost Of Living Index: 164 (44th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.3 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.01 (12th cheapest)
More on Madison Valley: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Madison Valley comes in at $123,390 and the median home value is $527,975 for 2019.

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8.5
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Population: 10,468
Cost Of Living Index: 140 (11th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.5 (1st cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.017 (56th cheapest)
More on Belltown: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Belltown comes in at $84,419 and the median home value is $298,940 for 2019.

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8.5
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Population: 8,739
Cost Of Living Index: 152 (29th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.8 (36th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.006 (3rd cheapest)
More on Mount Baker: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Mount Baker comes in at $84,194 and the median home value is $484,690 for 2019.

Fauntleroy Seattle, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
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Population: 4,261
Cost Of Living Index: 165 (46th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.1 (12th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.011 (13th cheapest)
More on Fauntleroy: Homes For Sale | Data

Fauntleroy is a neighborhood in the southwest corner of Seattle, Washington. Part of West Seattle and situated on Puget Sound’s Fauntleroy Cove, it faces Vashon Island, Blake Island, and the Kitsap Peninsula to the west. On sunny days, many locations in the neighborhood offer views of the Olympic Mountains, which are about 40 miles to the west. The neighborhood adjoins Lincoln Park to the north, Fauntlee Hills to the east, and Arbor Heights to the south. Within Fauntleroy is an area known as Endolyne. Fauntleroy is home to an eponymous Washington State Ferries terminal, providing service to Vashon Island and Southworth.

The median income in Fauntleroy comes in at $107,902 and the median home value is $551,867 for 2019.

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8
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Population: 8,347
Cost Of Living Index: 137 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.1 (13th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.017 (52nd cheapest)
More on Olympic Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Olympic Hills comes in at $61,322 and the median home value is $313,800 for 2019.

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8
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Population: 4,280
Cost Of Living Index: 143 (16th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.8 (7th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.017 (50th cheapest)
More on North Delridge: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in North Delridge comes in at $73,541 and the median home value is $352,340 for 2019.

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8
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Population: 3,508
Cost Of Living Index: 142 (14th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.4 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.017 (55th cheapest)
More on Riverview: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Riverview comes in at $76,727 and the median home value is $335,700 for 2019.

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8
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Population: 5,133
Cost Of Living Index: 144 (20th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 6.1 (52nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.01 (9th cheapest)
More on Atlantic: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Atlantic comes in at $66,899 and the median home value is $409,783 for 2019.

Summing Up The Cheapest Places In Seattle

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Seattle where prices are low and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Seattle aren’t all cheap. Pioneer Square takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Seattle.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Seattle For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 High Point 137
2 Industrial District 153
3 Madison Valley 164
4 Belltown 140
5 Mount Baker 152
6 Fauntleroy 165
7 Olympic Hills 137
8 North Delridge 143
9 Riverview 142
10 Atlantic 144
11 Arbor Heights 159
12 Victory Heights 144
13 Georgetown 139
14 Westlake 149
15 North College Park 144
16 West Seattle 160
17 Greenwood 152
18 Roxhill 139
19 South Park 122
20 Seward Park 161
21 South Delridge 134
22 View Ridge 179
23 Broadview 157
24 South Lake Union 149
25 Admiral 165
26 Rainier Beach 140
27 Bryant 169
28 Haller Lake 144
29 Meadowbrook 153
30 Madrona 179
31 Wedgwood 168
32 Loyal Heights 167
33 Highland Park 136
34 Northgate 141
35 Montlake 193
36 Beacon Hill 142
37 Sand Point 147
38 Denny-Blaine 226
39 Blue Ridge 166
40 Leschi 176
41 Cedar Park 152
42 Magnolia 175
43 Matthews Beach 176
44 Maple Leaf 162
45 Crown Hill 163
46 Lower Queen Anne 155
47 University District 136
48 Ballard 164
49 Capitol Hill 164
50 Interbay 162
51 Ravenna 171
52 Hawthorne Hills 179
53 Laurelhurst 224
54 Sunset Hill 170
55 Green Lake 177
56 Whittier Heights 169
57 Queen Anne 178
58 Broadmoor 242
59 Bitter Lake 143
60 Columbia City 144
61 Olympic Manor 181
62 Pinehurst 149
63 Madison Park 241
64 Central District 153
65 International District 130
66 Phinney Ridge 175
67 Brighton 140
68 Wallingford 175
69 Alki 175
70 Windermere 215
71 Downtown 158
72 Roosevelt 166
73 North Beach 177
74 Fremont 166
75 First Hill 145
76 Portage Bay 197
77 Eastlake 168
78 Pioneer Square 173

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