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 the best places to live in Washington or the most expensive.

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:

  • 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.

1. Clarkston

Clarkston, Washington

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,237
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 67
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Clarkston: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

2. Grandview

Grandview, Washington

Population: 10,763
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 105
Housing: 71
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 89
More on Grandview: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

3. Airway Heights


Population: 6,127
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 81
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Airway Heights: Homes For Sale | 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.

4. Pasco

Pasco, Washington

Population: 60,024
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 105
Housing: 83
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 89
More on Pasco: Homes For Sale | Data
Pasco is a city in and the county seat of Franklin County, Washington, United States.

5. Kennewick

Kennewick, Washington

Source: Public domain

Population: 73,640
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 105
Housing: 88
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 89
More on Kennewick: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

6. Spokane

Spokane, Washington

Population: 208,701
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 88
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Spokane: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

7. Union Gap

Union Gap, Washington

Population: 6,003
Services: 98
Groceries: 90
Health Care: 107
Housing: 62
Transportation: 105
Utilities: 82
More on Union Gap: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

8. Toppenish

Toppenish, Washington

Population: 8,935
Services: 98
Groceries: 90
Health Care: 107
Housing: 65
Transportation: 105
Utilities: 82
More on Toppenish: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

9. Cheney

Cheney, Washington

Population: 10,631
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 92
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Cheney: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

10. Sunnyside

Sunnyside, Washington

Population: 15,775
Services: 98
Groceries: 90
Health Care: 107
Housing: 65
Transportation: 105
Utilities: 82
More on Sunnyside: Homes For Sale | Data
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. 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.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Washington

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

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