These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Washington For 2018


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

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Washington for 2018:

  1. Clarkston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Grandview (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Airway Heights (Homes For Sale)
  4. Pasco (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Kennewick (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Spokane (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Union Gap (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Toppenish (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Cheney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Washington
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 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, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,237
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 67
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Clarkston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, WA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,763
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 105
Housing: 71
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 89
More on Grandview: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,127
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 81
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Airway Heights: Real Estate | Data

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, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 60,024
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 105
Housing: 83
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 89
More on Pasco: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pasco is a city in and the county seat of Franklin County, Washington, United States.

Kennewick, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 73,640
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 105
Housing: 88
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 89
More on Kennewick: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 208,701
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 88
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Spokane: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, WA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,003
Services: 98
Groceries: 90
Health Care: 107
Housing: 62
Transportation: 105
Utilities: 82
More on Union Gap: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, WA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 8,935
Services: 98
Groceries: 90
Health Care: 107
Housing: 65
Transportation: 105
Utilities: 82
More on Toppenish: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,631
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 92
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Cheney: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, WA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,775
Services: 98
Groceries: 90
Health Care: 107
Housing: 65
Transportation: 105
Utilities: 82
More on Sunnyside: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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:

  1. Mercer Island
  2. Sammamish
  3. Bainbridge Island

For more Washington reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Washington

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Clarkston 15.0 7,237 95 92 114
2 Grandview 15.25 10,763 85 91 105
3 Airway Heights 16.17 6,127 95 92 114
4 Pasco 16.25 60,024 85 91 105
5 Kennewick 16.83 73,640 85 91 105
6 Spokane 16.92 208,701 95 92 114
7 Union Gap 17.0 6,003 98 90 107
8 Toppenish 17.42 8,935 98 90 107
9 Cheney 17.42 10,631 95 92 114
10 Sunnyside 17.42 15,775 98 90 107
11 Spokane Valley 18.0 89,793 95 92 114
12 Walla Walla 18.08 31,595 85 91 105
13 College Place 18.75 8,720 85 91 105
14 West Richland 18.75 11,904 85 91 105
15 Yakima 19.17 91,083 98 90 107
16 Richland 19.33 48,556 85 91 105
17 Pullman 20.17 29,895 95 92 114
18 Selah 21.08 7,150 98 90 107
19 Ellensburg 21.83 18,204 98 90 107
20 Ephrata 22.67 7,672 97 97 118
21 Quincy 22.92 6,721 97 97 118
22 Othello 23.17 7,293 97 97 118
23 Moses Lake 24.08 20,305 97 97 118
24 Liberty Lake 25.42 7,475 95 92 114
25 Wenatchee 26.92 31,956 97 97 118
26 East Wenatchee 27.75 13,169 97 97 118
27 Hoquiam 36.08 8,682 101 106 118
28 Aberdeen 36.75 16,779 101 106 118
29 Centralia 38.5 16,381 101 106 118
30 Shelton 39.0 9,814 101 106 118
31 Chehalis 39.33 7,285 101 106 118
32 Ocean Shores 40.0 5,512 101 106 118
33 Yelm 43.25 6,762 101 106 118
34 Lacey 44.25 42,383 101 106 118
35 Olympia 44.58 46,792 101 106 118
36 Tumwater 44.92 17,469 101 106 118
37 Ferndale 49.58 11,507 113 111 114
38 Port Angeles 52.83 19,061 116 112 121
39 Lynden 52.92 12,072 113 111 114
40 Burlington 53.75 8,379 116 112 121
41 Bellingham 53.75 80,930 113 111 114
42 Sedro-Woolley 54.25 10,536 116 112 121
43 Mount Vernon 54.67 31,804 116 112 121
44 Oak Harbor 55.5 22,118 116 112 121
45 Kelso 57.08 11,929 122 116 114
46 Stanwood 58.83 6,201 116 112 121
47 Longview 59.08 36,660 122 116 114
48 Woodland 60.17 5,454 122 116 114
49 Sequim 60.67 6,527 106 105 124
50 Tacoma 61.17 200,013 112 95 122
51 Vancouver 61.92 162,699 122 116 114
52 Pacific 62.0 6,666 112 95 122
53 Anacortes 62.08 15,798 116 112 121
54 Orting 62.33 6,658 112 95 122
55 Enumclaw 62.75 10,963 112 95 122
56 Battle Ground 63.0 17,428 122 116 114
57 Milton 63.25 7,107 112 95 122
58 Sumner 63.58 9,459 112 95 122
59 Washougal 63.75 14,031 122 116 114
60 Fife 63.83 9,041 112 95 122
61 Auburn 63.83 70,297 112 95 122
62 Everett 64.25 103,135 106 105 124
63 Federal Way 64.58 89,691 112 95 122
64 Arlington 65.08 17,773 106 105 124
65 Puyallup 65.08 37,358 112 95 122
66 Marysville 65.25 60,202 106 105 124
67 Kent 65.75 108,700 112 95 122
68 Des Moines 65.75 29,862 112 95 122
69 University Place 66.92 31,315 112 95 122
70 Monroe 67.08 17,198 106 105 124
71 Bonney Lake 67.25 17,336 112 95 122
72 Snohomish 67.42 9,154 106 105 124
73 Steilacoom 67.75 6,065 112 95 122
74 Lake Stevens 67.92 28,130 106 105 124
75 Port Townsend 67.92 9,106 106 105 124
76 Edgewood 68.25 9,422 112 95 122
77 Fircrest 68.42 6,511 112 95 122
78 Lynnwood 68.5 35,901 106 105 124
79 Covington 68.75 17,579 112 95 122
80 Maple Valley 68.92 22,663 112 95 122
81 Camas 69.5 19,483 122 116 114
82 Gig Harbor 69.92 7,239 112 95 122
83 Edmonds 70.42 39,925 106 105 124
84 Mill Creek 71.75 18,163 106 105 124
85 Mukilteo 72.5 20,263 106 105 124
86 Bremerton 75.92 38,311 114 120 119
87 Tukwila 80.42 19,127 114 120 119
88 Port Orchard 80.75 11,239 114 120 119
89 Burien 82.42 42,418 114 120 119
90 Mountlake Terrace 82.42 20,026 114 120 119
91 Lakewood 83.25 58,688 122 154 110
92 Poulsbo 83.5 9,172 114 120 119
93 Renton 83.92 91,273 114 120 119
94 Shoreline 85.08 53,282 114 120 119
95 Bothell 85.25 33,664 114 120 119
96 Kenmore 85.58 20,589 114 120 119
97 North Bend 85.75 5,847 114 120 119
98 Duvall 86.08 6,706 114 120 119
99 Brier 86.25 6,142 114 120 119
100 Lake Forest Park 86.5 12,718 114 120 119

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