These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Washington


We used data and science to determine which places in Washington go easy on your wallet.

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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 114 largest places in Washington, we were left with this set of the best value for your money:

  1. Union Gap
  2. Clarkston
  3. Toppenish
  4. Grandview
  5. Sunnyside
  6. Pasco
  7. Ephrata
  8. Airway Heights
  9. Quincy
  10. Kennewick

So listen up Mercer Island as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Evergreen State

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

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 114 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.

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1. Union Gap


Population: 6,003
Services: 98
Groceries: 90
Healthcare: 107
Housing: 62
Transportation: 105
Utiltiies: 82

2. Clarkston

Clarkston, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,237
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Healthcare: 114
Housing: 67
Transportation: 93
Utiltiies: 81

3. Toppenish

Toppenish, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,935
Services: 98
Groceries: 90
Healthcare: 107
Housing: 65
Transportation: 105
Utiltiies: 82

4. Grandview

Grandview, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,763
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 105
Housing: 71
Transportation: 104
Utiltiies: 89

5. Sunnyside

Sunnyside, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,775
Services: 98
Groceries: 90
Healthcare: 107
Housing: 65
Transportation: 105
Utiltiies: 82

6. Pasco

Pasco, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,024
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 105
Housing: 83
Transportation: 104
Utiltiies: 89

7. Ephrata

Ephrata, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,672
Services: 97
Groceries: 97
Healthcare: 118
Housing: 74
Transportation: 104
Utiltiies: 72

8. Airway Heights

Airway Heights, Washington

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,127
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Healthcare: 114
Housing: 81
Transportation: 93
Utiltiies: 81

9. Quincy

Quincy, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,721
Services: 97
Groceries: 97
Healthcare: 118
Housing: 75
Transportation: 104
Utiltiies: 72

10. Kennewick

Kennewick, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 73,640
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 105
Housing: 88
Transportation: 104
Utiltiies: 89

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In Washington

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
Union Gap 1 6,003 98 90 107
Clarkston 2 7,237 95 92 114
Toppenish 3 8,935 98 90 107
Grandview 4 10,763 85 91 105
Sunnyside 5 15,775 98 90 107
Pasco 6 60,024 85 91 105
Ephrata 7 7,672 97 97 118
Airway Heights 8 6,127 95 92 114
Quincy 9 6,721 97 97 118
Kennewick 10 73,640 85 91 105
Othello 11 7,293 97 97 118
Yakima 12 91,083 98 90 107
Spokane 13 208,701 95 92 114
Hoquiam 14 8,682 101 106 118
Cheney 15 10,631 95 92 114
Walla Walla 16 31,595 85 91 105
Moses Lake 17 20,305 97 97 118
Spokane Valley 18 89,793 95 92 114
Aberdeen 19 16,779 101 106 118
College Place 20 8,720 85 91 105
West Richland 21 11,904 85 91 105
Selah 22 7,150 98 90 107
Richland 23 48,556 85 91 105
Ellensburg 24 18,204 98 90 107
Centralia 25 16,381 101 106 118
Shelton 26 9,814 101 106 118
Chehalis 27 7,285 101 106 118
Pullman 28 29,895 95 92 114
Wenatchee 29 31,956 97 97 118
Ocean Shores 30 5,512 101 106 118
Kelso 31 11,929 122 116 114
East Wenatchee 32 13,169 97 97 118
Longview 33 36,660 122 116 114
Port Angeles 34 19,061 116 112 121
Woodland 35 5,454 122 116 114
Sequim 36 6,527 106 105 124
Burlington 37 8,379 116 112 121
Sedro-Woolley 38 10,536 116 112 121
Yelm 39 6,762 101 106 118
Mount Vernon 40 31,804 116 112 121
Tacoma 41 200,013 112 95 122
Ferndale 42 11,507 113 111 114
Lacey 43 42,383 101 106 118
Oak Harbor 44 22,118 116 112 121
Olympia 45 46,792 101 106 118
Liberty Lake 46 7,475 95 92 114
Vancouver 47 162,699 122 116 114
Tumwater 48 17,469 101 106 118
Bremerton 49 38,311 114 120 119
Pacific 50 6,666 112 95 122
Orting 51 6,658 112 95 122
Enumclaw 52 10,963 112 95 122
Battle Ground 53 17,428 122 116 114
Milton 54 7,107 112 95 122
Sumner 55 9,459 112 95 122
Fife 56 9,041 112 95 122
Auburn 57 70,297 112 95 122
Washougal 58 14,031 122 116 114
Everett 59 103,135 106 105 124
Lakewood 60 58,688 122 154 110
Lynden 61 12,072 113 111 114
Federal Way 62 89,691 112 95 122
Arlington 63 17,773 106 105 124
Seatac 64 27,003 114 120 119
Marysville 65 60,202 106 105 124
Stanwood 66 6,201 116 112 121
Puyallup 67 37,358 112 95 122
Bellingham 68 80,930 113 111 114
Des Moines 69 29,862 112 95 122
Kent 70 108,700 112 95 122
University Place 71 31,315 112 95 122
Tukwila 72 19,127 114 120 119
Monroe 73 17,198 106 105 124
Bonney Lake 74 17,336 112 95 122
Snohomish 75 9,154 106 105 124
Port Townsend 76 9,106 106 105 124
Port Orchard 77 11,239 114 120 119
Lake Stevens 78 28,130 106 105 124
Steilacoom 79 6,065 112 95 122
Lynnwood 80 35,901 106 105 124
Edgewood 81 9,422 112 95 122
Fircrest 82 6,511 112 95 122
Anacortes 83 15,798 116 112 121
Burien 84 42,418 114 120 119
Mountlake Terrace 85 20,026 114 120 119
Dupont 86 8,129 101 106 118
Camas 87 19,483 122 116 114
Covington 88 17,579 112 95 122
Poulsbo 89 9,172 114 120 119
Maple Valley 90 22,663 112 95 122
Renton 91 91,273 114 120 119
Shoreline 92 53,282 114 120 119
Edmonds 93 39,925 106 105 124
Bothell 94 33,664 114 120 119
Gig Harbor 95 7,239 112 95 122
Kenmore 96 20,589 114 120 119
Mill Creek 97 18,163 106 105 124
North Bend 98 5,847 114 120 119
Duvall 99 6,706 114 120 119
Mukilteo 100 20,263 106 105 124
Brier 101 6,142 114 120 119
Seattle 102 612,916 114 120 119
Lake Forest Park 103 12,718 114 120 119
Woodinville 104 10,945 114 120 119
Issaquah 105 30,473 114 120 119
Redmond 106 54,389 114 120 119
Kirkland 107 49,090 114 120 119
Snoqualmie 108 10,500 114 120 119
Normandy Park 109 6,374 114 120 119
Newcastle 110 10,358 114 120 119
Bellevue 111 122,873 114 120 119
Bainbridge Island 112 22,933 114 120 119
Sammamish 113 46,405 114 120 119
Mercer Island 114 22,922 114 120 119

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