Those of us lucky to live in the Emerald City know just how amazing it is. We are also used to hearing others lamenting that they would love to live in Seattle at some point. It’s interesting but the majority of people that I meet are not from here. Often they are transplants from the Midwest or even the Northeast. While Seattle is an amazing city, it is an expensive one. People don’t often realize just how much until they decide to call it their home.
The cost of living in the Seattle area is high. Add to that the gap between the cost of living and average salaries is a huge one. Go to almost any other large city and you will not see the gap that we experience here. Just perusing rentals and homes in the area make me want to cry. The cost of living is almost 50% higher than the rest of the United States.
Oh yeah, groceries are expensive too, as are utilities. Now, the utilities may be better overall as we really never need to use air conditioning so that is an expense that we don’t have to deal with. Things are just expensive here. It can be hard to get ahead. It is possible to save some money by moving to a way-out suburb but honestly, it still isn’t cheap and the traffic that you will deal with will make you feel like jumping off your roof on a daily basis.
Even with the costs, people that move here seem to love it. Most of my friends are transplants and that is surely the case. The temperate climate (it’s a bit gray), the fact within a few hours you can visit islands, mountains or the coast. The incredible beauty, the educated population and unique vibe all make it a place to visit and a great place to live. Just say goodbye to your cash!