These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Washington


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:

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

If you’re wondering, Union Gap is the most affordable city in Washington.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Washington.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities 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 most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

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.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Mercer Island, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Mercer Island

Mercer Island, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,636
Services Index: 114
Groceries Index: 120
Housing Index: 391
Healthcare Index: 119
Transportation Index: 119
Utilities Index: 99

2. Sammamish

Sammamish, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,077
Services Index: 114
Groceries Index: 120
Housing Index: 282
Healthcare Index: 119
Transportation Index: 119
Utilities Index: 99

3. Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,206
Services Index: 114
Groceries Index: 120
Housing Index: 261
Healthcare Index: 119
Transportation Index: 119
Utilities Index: 99

4. Bellevue

Bellevue, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 132,268
Services Index: 114
Groceries Index: 120
Housing Index: 255
Healthcare Index: 119
Transportation Index: 119
Utilities Index: 99

5. Newcastle

Newcastle, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,792
Services Index: 114
Groceries Index: 120
Housing Index: 252
Healthcare Index: 119
Transportation Index: 119
Utilities Index: 99

6. Normandy Park

Source: Google Maps

Population: 6,491
Services Index: 114
Groceries Index: 120
Housing Index: 235
Healthcare Index: 119
Transportation Index: 119
Utilities Index: 99

7. Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,625
Services Index: 114
Groceries Index: 120
Housing Index: 228
Healthcare Index: 119
Transportation Index: 119
Utilities Index: 99

8. Kirkland

Kirkland, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 83,320
Services Index: 114
Groceries Index: 120
Housing Index: 225
Healthcare Index: 119
Transportation Index: 119
Utilities Index: 99

9. Redmond

Redmond, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,704
Services Index: 114
Groceries Index: 120
Housing Index: 223
Healthcare Index: 119
Transportation Index: 119
Utilities Index: 99

10. Issaquah

Issaquah, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,551
Services Index: 114
Groceries Index: 120
Housing Index: 220
Healthcare Index: 119
Transportation Index: 119
Utilities Index: 99

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 exensive city in the Evergreen State.

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

  1. Union Gap
  2. Grandview
  3. Sunnyside

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Washington

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Mercer Island 1 23,636 114 120 119 391 119 99
Sammamish 2 49,077 114 120 119 282 119 99
Bainbridge Island 3 23,206 114 120 119 261 119 99
Bellevue 4 132,268 114 120 119 255 119 99
Newcastle 5 10,792 114 120 119 252 119 99
Normandy Park 6 6,491 114 120 119 235 119 99
Snoqualmie 7 11,625 114 120 119 228 119 99
Kirkland 8 83,320 114 120 119 225 119 99
Redmond 9 56,704 114 120 119 223 119 99
Issaquah 10 32,551 114 120 119 220 119 99
Woodinville 11 11,201 114 120 119 209 119 99
Seattle 12 637,850 114 120 119 206 119 99
Lake Forest Park 13 12,938 114 120 119 206 119 99
Mukilteo 14 20,635 106 105 124 225 115 89
Brier 15 6,255 114 120 119 204 119 99
Duvall 16 7,185 114 120 119 202 119 99
North Bend 17 6,127 114 120 119 195 119 99
Mill Creek 18 18,667 106 105 124 207 115 89
Kenmore 19 21,263 114 120 119 192 119 99
Gig Harbor 20 7,620 112 95 122 201 107 109
Bothell 21 34,920 114 120 119 180 119 99
Edmonds 22 40,343 106 105 124 187 115 89
Shoreline 23 54,254 114 120 119 172 119 99
Renton 24 95,479 114 120 119 152 119 99
Maple Valley 25 24,040 112 95 122 168 107 109
Poulsbo 26 9,436 114 120 119 149 119 99
Camas 27 20,458 122 116 114 154 111 89
Covington 28 18,361 112 95 122 162 107 109
Dupont 29 8,851 101 106 118 176 110 74
Mountlake Terrace 30 20,318 114 120 119 143 119 99
Anacortes 31 15,965 116 112 121 161 105 68
Fircrest 32 6,592 112 95 122 159 107 109
Burien 33 49,291 114 120 119 143 119 99
Edgewood 34 9,538 112 95 122 156 107 109
Lynnwood 35 36,267 106 105 124 149 115 89
Steilacoom 36 6,083 112 95 122 151 107 109
Lake Stevens 37 29,258 106 105 124 144 115 89
Port Townsend 38 9,168 106 105 124 144 115 89
Port Orchard 39 12,715 114 120 119 136 119 99
Snohomish 40 9,326 106 105 124 143 115 89
Tukwila 41 19,573 114 120 119 134 119 99
Bonney Lake 42 18,040 112 95 122 148 107 109
Monroe 43 17,564 106 105 124 142 115 89
University Place 44 31,670 112 95 122 144 107 109
Des Moines 45 30,403 112 95 122 141 107 109
Kent 46 122,620 112 95 122 141 107 109
Bellingham 47 82,080 113 111 114 141 118 68
Puyallup 48 38,092 112 95 122 138 107 109
Stanwood 49 6,468 116 112 121 139 105 68
Marysville 50 62,472 106 105 124 133 115 89
Seatac 51 27,606 114 120 119 125 119 99
Lynden 52 12,579 113 111 114 137 118 68
Federal Way 53 91,676 112 95 122 135 107 109
Arlington 54 18,370 106 105 124 132 115 89
Lakewood 55 58,890 122 154 110 118 153 217
Everett 56 104,708 106 105 124 129 115 89
Fife 57 9,346 112 95 122 131 107 109
Washougal 58 14,563 122 116 114 125 111 89
Auburn 59 73,403 112 95 122 131 107 109
Sumner 60 9,548 112 95 122 130 107 109
Milton 61 7,260 112 95 122 129 107 109
Battle Ground 62 18,168 122 116 114 122 111 89
Enumclaw 63 11,388 112 95 122 127 107 109
Orting 64 6,941 112 95 122 125 107 109
Bremerton 65 38,664 114 120 119 109 119 99
Pacific 66 6,845 112 95 122 123 107 109
Tumwater 67 18,128 101 106 118 129 110 74
Vancouver 68 165,554 122 116 114 113 111 89
Oak Harbor 69 22,220 116 112 121 123 105 68
Olympia 70 47,847 101 106 118 128 110 74
Liberty Lake 71 8,027 95 92 114 139 93 81
Lacey 72 44,031 101 106 118 126 110 74
Ferndale 73 12,040 113 111 114 122 118 68
Tacoma 74 201,794 112 95 122 119 107 109
Mount Vernon 75 32,356 116 112 121 119 105 68
Sedro-Woolley 76 10,645 116 112 121 114 105 68
Yelm 77 7,398 101 106 118 122 110 74
Sequim 78 6,651 106 105 124 108 115 89
Burlington 79 8,466 116 112 121 112 105 68
Woodland 80 5,535 122 116 114 101 111 89
Port Angeles 81 19,125 116 112 121 105 105 68
Longview 82 36,589 122 116 114 94 111 89
East Wenatchee 83 13,403 97 97 118 113 104 72
Kelso 84 11,837 122 116 114 75 111 89
Ocean Shores 85 5,609 101 106 118 98 110 74
Wenatchee 86 32,627 97 97 118 108 104 72
Pullman 87 30,851 95 92 114 111 93 81
Chehalis 88 7,265 101 106 118 94 110 74
Shelton 89 9,798 101 106 118 92 110 74
Centralia 90 16,664 101 106 118 88 110 74
Ellensburg 91 18,455 98 90 107 104 105 82
Richland 92 51,116 85 91 105 105 104 89
Selah 93 7,328 98 90 107 98 105 82
West Richland 94 12,680 85 91 105 101 104 89
College Place 95 8,905 85 91 105 101 104 89
Aberdeen 96 16,544 101 106 118 70 110 74
Moses Lake 97 21,141 97 97 118 88 104 72
Spokane Valley 98 90,829 95 92 114 95 93 81
Walla Walla 99 31,895 85 91 105 96 104 89
Cheney 100 11,014 95 92 114 92 93 81

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