The Cost of Living in Seattle Has Some Residents Grumbling

There’s a lot to like about living in Seattle. The food, culture, jobs, and more have a lot to offer prospective residents. However, like any city; there are a few downsides as well. In fact, the cost of living in Seattle and the surrounding region is getting too much for some citizens.

In a recent survey, 2,000 residents of King,  Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish county were polled on what they dislike the most about living along the Puget Sound region. You may think that an area notorious for its rain might see “weather” top the list.

Not so fast.

The Responses

Of the 2,000 residents polled, what residents dislike the most:

  • Cost of Living: 29%
  • Transportation/traffic congestion: 13%
  • Homelessness: 12%

The last time this survey was conducted in 2003, 52% of respondents listed “traffic and transportation” as their most disliked part of living in the region. A lot has changed in the last 15 years.

It isn’t localized to Seattle either. While the cost of living in Seattle IS incredibly high, the surrounding areas are just as bad, if not worse. In nearby Bellevue, Washington rents are among the highest in the nation. 

It now costs more to live in Bellevue than in Seattle or other pricey cities such as San Diego and Washington DC. In fact, Bellevue is the 21st most expensive city for renters in the United States. –

Cost of living in Seattle and the surrounding area is on the rise, causing some residents to consider packing up and heading elsewhere. As City vs City’s 17th most expensive city, it’s easy to see why residents may be looking for a lower cost of living.

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