When people first think of the west coast, they usually think of California and most specifically, San Francisco.
But the west coast has a lot more to offer than just the California obsession.
Washington state is one that should not be skipped over, for it has many amazing things to offer just about anybody.
Love rainy days? Go to Washington.
Want to live near the coast? Washington.
Obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy? You betcha, Washington.
Most specifically, Washington has Seattle, which is one of America’s top cities to live in.
But if cities aren’t your thing, Seattle is a great place for nature enthusiasts. The Pacific Crest Trail runs through Washington State and the state is covered with dense, lush forest waiting to be explored.
The only major negative about Washington, other than the rain, is that Washington state can be incredibly expensive. Seems to be a common west coast theme, right?
So where can you live in Washington that gives you access to beaches, mountains, trails, Starbucks, and more, without taking a major cut out of your paycheck?
Luckily for you, we also think Washington is a pretty great place and have found you the top 10 most affordable cities in Washington. Hopefully, by living in these more affordable cities, you can have a larger Starbucks budget. You need those hot coffees for rainy days.
Interested to see which cities made the cut?
Ever heard of Connell, Washington? Maybe you should be checking it out because it’s our cheapest ranked city in Washington.
If you are feeling more of the coastal vibe, perhaps checking out Hoquiam and Woodland should be next on your list.
Either way, these cities allow you access to this state’s beautiful resources and cities without breaking the bank. Are you are curious about how we crunched the numbers to get our ranking?
Keep reading to learn how we did our methodology and to learn more about our top 10 cheapest cities in Washington.
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 Most Affordable Places To Live In The Evergreen State For 2019
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:
- How much do money do I make?
- How much do I have spend to live there?
You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.
For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.
With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:
- Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
- Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
- Median Home Price
We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).
You can then compare these metrics 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” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.
So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 117 places in Washington that have more than 5,000 people.
The place with the lowest cost of living in Washington according to the data is Connell.
The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Washington For 2019
Connell is a city in Franklin County, Washington, United States. The population was 4,209 at the 2010 census. The Washington State Office of Financial Management’s 2015 estimate placed the population at 5,446.
The median income in Connell comes in at $51,364 and the median home value is $122,400 for 2019.
Ephrata is a city in Grant County, Washington, United States. The population was 7,664 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Grant County.
The median income in Ephrata comes in at $61,284 and the median home value is $146,500 for 2019.
Prosser is a city in and the county seat of Benton County, Washington, United States, along the Yakima River with only one zip code 99350. The population was 5,714 at the 2010 census.
The median income in Prosser comes in at $53,880 and the median home value is $159,100 for 2019.
Quincy is a city in Grant County, Washington, United States. The population was 6,750 at the 2010 census.
The median income in Quincy comes in at $54,712 and the median home value is $139,900 for 2019.
West Richland is a 22-square-mile city in Benton County, Washington, United States. The population was 11,811 at the 2010 census. The city is generally included in the Tri-Cities along with Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco.
The median income in West Richland comes in at $86,686 and the median home value is $217,700 for 2019.
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.
The median income in Toppenish comes in at $41,852 and the median home value is $116,400 for 2019.
Pasco is a city in and the county seat of Franklin County, Washington, United States.
The median income in Pasco comes in at $59,969 and the median home value is $176,800 for 2019.
Hoquiam is a city in Grays Harbor County, Washington, United States. The town borders the city of Aberdeen at Myrtle Street, with Hoquiam to the west. The two cities share a common economic history in lumbering and exporting, but Hoquiam has maintained its independent identity. Aberdeen is more populated, but the two cities have a long rivalry, especially in high school sports.
The median income in Hoquiam comes in at $40,301 and the median home value is $95,000 for 2019.
Othello is a city in Adams County, Washington, United States. The population was 5,847 at the 2000 census and grew 25.9% over the next decade to 7,364 at the 2010 census. Othello refers to the city as being in the “Heart” of the Columbia Basin Project. It is located approximately 100 miles southwest of Spokane, 180 miles east of Seattle, and about 25 miles south of Interstate 90, at the intersection of SR 17 and SR 26.
The median income in Othello comes in at $48,491 and the median home value is $154,300 for 2019.
Woodland is a city in Clark and Cowlitz counties in the State of Washington. Most residents live within Cowlitz County, in which the majority of the city lies. It is part of the ‘Longview, Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area’. The population was 5,509 at the 2010 census.
The median income in Woodland comes in at $63,933 and the median home value is $212,700 for 2019.
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 most affordable places to live in washington for 2019.
Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Washington according to the data:
For more Washington reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Washington
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Washington
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Washington