Question of the Day: Most who live in Seattle say the cost of living ‘is getting to be too much’

Jan 22, 2024, 8:39 AM | Updated: 5:15 pm

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People take in a view of the skyline in Seattle. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

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Housing, food, gas and other household expenses are getting so high that most Seattle residents would consider moving.

Hundreds of people responded to the MyNorthwest Question of the Day on Monday. At last check, about 87% of voters said the cost of living in Seattle is “getting to be too much” and that they would consider moving.

Most people in the state of Washington are aware about the gas prices being among the highest in the country. But that is only part of the problem.

According to Zillow, the average Seattle home value is $815,865, down 1.3% over the past year and goes to pending in around 27 days.

The average rent in Seattle is $1,973 per month, according to RentCafe. The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $1,844 and $2,301 for a two-bedroom apartment.

Food prices are also taking a bigger bite out of the wallets of Washingtonians than the residents of almost any other state in the U.S.

Bad news at the grocery store: Seattle has some of the highest food prices in the country

Going further, a federal survey showed Seattle residents pay more for groceries than just about any other city in America.

A new analysis shows that while the average household in the U.S. pays an average of $270.21 on food at the grocery store per week, residents of Washington have to pay an average of $287.67 weekly. That translates to at least $1,150 per month, depending on how the calendar falls.

Weekly grocery expenses in Seattle come in at $289.23 a week, or at least $1,156.92 for the average household every month, depending on the calendar.

The question of the day is entirely unscientific, but when you get a lopsided vote, it does raise eyebrows. Almost 10% of participants said they would not consider leaving and the mountains and water have a lot to do with that.

There’s still time to cast your vote. Look for the Question of the Day on My Northwest.

Contributing: Lisa Brooks, KIRO Newsradio

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