A wise sage once said:
“She works hard for the money…”
And these places in Washington definitely treat her right.
You see, these are the places in Washington where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Evergreen State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.
So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 112 largest places in Washington, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.
- Clarkston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Grandview (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Airway Heights (Homes For Sale)
- Pasco (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Kennewick (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Spokane (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Union Gap (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Toppenish (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Cheney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sunnyside (Photos | Homes For Sale)
So listen up Mercer Island (the most expensive place in Washington) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.
And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about Washington and the cheapest places in the country:
How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Evergreen State For 2018
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:
- Health Insurance
You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Washington to figure out which is the least expensive.
What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.
So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 112 places in Washington that have more than 5,000 people.
And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.
San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.
Clarkston is a city in Asotin County, Washington, United States. It is part of the Lewiston metropolitan area, and is located west of Lewiston, Idaho, across the Snake River.
Grandview is a city in Yakima County, Washington, United States. It is about 38 miles west of Kennewick and 38 miles southeast of Yakima. The population was 10,862 at the 2010 census. Grandview-s economy is agriculture based; with apples, cherries, concord and wine grapes, hops, asparagus, corn, wheat, dairy and other fruit and vegetable production supported by processing plants and cold storage facilities.
Airway Heights is a city in Spokane County, Washington, United States, just west of Spokane. The population was 6,114 at the 2010 census. The city’s name was taken from its close proximity to the runways at Fairchild Air Force Base and Spokane International Airport.
Pasco is a city in and the county seat of Franklin County, Washington, United States.
Kennewick is a city in Benton County in the southeastern part of the State of Washington, along the southwest bank of the Columbia River, just southeast of the confluence of the Columbia and Yakima rivers and across from the confluence of the Columbia and the Snake. It is the most populous of the three cities collectively referred to as the Tri-Cities. The population was 73,917 at the 2010 census. April 1, 2013 estimates from the Washington State Office of Financial Management put the city’s population at 76,410.
Spokane spoh-KAN) is a city located in the state of Washington in the northwestern United States. It is located along the Spokane River west of the Rocky Mountain foothills in eastern Washington, 92 miles south of the Canada-US border, approximately 20 miles from the Washington-Idaho border, and 280 miles east of Seattle along Interstate 90.
Union Gap is a city in Yakima County, Washington, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,047. Union Gap has a storied history and in recent years has become the retail hub for the entire Yakima Valley as a result of Valley Mall and other thriving businesses being located here. Part of the city is part of the Yakama Nation.
Toppenish is a city in Yakima County, Washington, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,949. It is located within the Yakama Indian Reservation, established in 1855.
Cheney is a city in Spokane County, Washington, United States. The full-time resident population was 10,590 as of 2010 census. Eastern Washington University is located in Cheney, and its population grows to approximately 17,600 people on a temporary basis when classes at Eastern Washington University are in session.
Sunnyside is a city in Yakima County, Washington, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 15,858.
There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Washington Cheapskate
If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Washington, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.
Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Washington according to the data:
- Mercer Island
- Bainbridge Island
For more Washington reading, check out:
- 10 Safest Places In Washington
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Washington
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Washington For 2018
Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Washington
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