These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Washington For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Washington that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Washington does this very well. Families love the Evergreen State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Washington that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Washington for 2018:

  1. Mercer Island (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Sammamish (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Bainbridge Island (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Bellevue (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Newcastle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Normandy Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Snoqualmie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Kirkland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Redmond (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Issaquah (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So hopefully Clarkston (the cheapest place to live in Washington) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in Washington or the cheapest.

1. Mercer Island

Mercer Island, Washington

Population: 22,922
Services: 114
Groceries: 120
Health Care: 119
Housing: 391
Transportation: 119
Utilities: 99
More on Mercer Island: Homes For Sale | Data
Mercer Island is a city in King County, Washington, United States located on an island of the same name in the southern portion of Lake Washington. Mercer Island is in the Seattle Metropolitan Area, with Seattle located to its west and Bellevue located to its east.

2. Sammamish

Sammamish, Washington

Population: 46,405
Services: 114
Groceries: 120
Health Care: 119
Housing: 282
Transportation: 119
Utilities: 99
More on Sammamish: Homes For Sale | Data
Sammamish is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 63,773 in a 2016 census estimate. Located on a plateau, the city is bordered by Lake Sammamish to the west and the Snoqualmie Valley to the east.

3. Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island, Washington

Population: 22,933
Services: 114
Groceries: 120
Health Care: 119
Housing: 261
Transportation: 119
Utilities: 99
More on Bainbridge Island: Homes For Sale | Data
Bainbridge Island is a city in Kitsap County, Washington, United States, and is coextensive with the eponymous island in Puget Sound. The population was 23,025 at the 2010 census, making Bainbridge Island the second largest city in Kitsap County.

4. Bellevue

Bellevue, Washington

Population: 122,873
Services: 114
Groceries: 120
Health Care: 119
Housing: 255
Transportation: 119
Utilities: 99
More on Bellevue: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Newcastle

Newcastle, Washington

Population: 10,358
Services: 114
Groceries: 120
Health Care: 119
Housing: 252
Transportation: 119
Utilities: 99
More on Newcastle: Homes For Sale | Data
Newcastle is an Eastside city in King County, Washington, United States. Its population was 10,380 at the 2010 census.

6. Normandy Park

Normandy Park, Washington

Population: 6,374
Services: 114
Groceries: 120
Health Care: 119
Housing: 235
Transportation: 119
Utilities: 99
More on Normandy Park: Homes For Sale | Data
Normandy Park is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 6,335 at the 2010 census.

7. Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie, Washington

Population: 10,500
Services: 114
Groceries: 120
Health Care: 119
Housing: 228
Transportation: 119
Utilities: 99
More on Snoqualmie: Homes For Sale | Data
Snoqualmie is a city next to Snoqualmie Falls in King County, Washington. It is twenty-five miles east of Seattle. This city is home to the Northwest Railway Museum. The population was 13,190 in a 2016 census estimate.

8. Kirkland

Kirkland, Washington

Population: 49,090
Services: 114
Groceries: 120
Health Care: 119
Housing: 225
Transportation: 119
Utilities: 99
More on Kirkland: Homes For Sale | Data
Kirkland is a city in King County, Washington, United States. A suburb east of Seattle, its population was 87,281 at the 2015 census estimate, which made it the sixth largest city in the county and the twelfth largest in the state.

9. Redmond

Redmond, Washington

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Population: 54,389
Services: 114
Groceries: 120
Health Care: 119
Housing: 223
Transportation: 119
Utilities: 99
More on Redmond: Homes For Sale | Data
Redmond is a city in King County, Washington, United States, located 16 miles east of Seattle, within the high-tech enclave of Seattle metropolitan area. The population is 62,458 in 2016, an increase from the 2010 census, up from 45,256 in the 2000 census. Redmond is commonly recognized as the home of Microsoft and Nintendo of America. With an annual bike race on city streets and the state’s only velodrome, Redmond is also known as the “Bicycle Capital of the Northwest”.

10. Issaquah

Issaquah, Washington

Population: 30,473
Services: 114
Groceries: 120
Health Care: 119
Housing: 220
Transportation: 119
Utilities: 99
More on Issaquah: Homes For Sale | Data
Issaquah is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 37,322 in a 2016 census estimate. Located in a valley and bisected by Interstate 90, the city is bordered by the Sammamish Plateau to the north and the Issaquah Alps to the south.

How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Evergreen State For 2018

Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Live In Washington Map
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 most 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.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Washington that have the highest cost of living, with Mercer Island ranking as the most expensive city in the Evergreen State.

If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in Washington:

  1. Clarkston
  2. Grandview
  3. Airway Heights

For more Washington reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Washington

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

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