These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places In Washington To Raise A Family

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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There are some parts of the country where your dollar goes further. For example, a steak dinner in Olympia costs less than a steak dinner in San Francisco.

And the cost of living can have a big impact on how far your hard earned salary stretches for you and your family. So if you have a choice in where you can live for your job, the cost of living can play a big part.

That’s where Zippia comes in; to show you the places in Washington that would eat up a big part of your paycheck on expenses — the San Franciscos of the world if you will. Where housing is expensive and day care will put you back a pretty penny.

These are the cities in Washington where the cost of living is actually higher than the national average because, for the most part, Washington isn’t all that expensive.

After we crunched all the numbers, we were left with this set of the most expensive places to raise a family in the Evergreen State:

  • Mercer Island
  • Sammamish
  • Union Hill-Novelty Hill
  • Cottage Lake
  • Bainbridge Island
  • Bellevue
  • Newcastle
  • Klahanie
  • Hobart
  • Normandy Park
  • Read on to see how we determined the places that try to keep up with the Joneses a little too much.

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    How we determined the least affordable places to live in the Evergreen State

    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. And lucky for us, AreaVibes has such an index for us.

    So we used that cost of living index in order to rank the largest 182 places in Washington.

    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. A score of 120 means it’s 20% more expensive.

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

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    1. Mercer Island

    Mercer Island, Washington

    Source: Wikipedia

    Population: 22,922Housing Index: 391
    Groceries Index: 120
    Healthcare Index: 119

    2. Sammamish

    Sammamish, Washington

    Source: Wikipedia

    Population: 46,405Housing Index: 282
    Groceries Index: 120
    Healthcare Index: 119

    3. Union Hill-Novelty Hill


    Population: 21,422 Housing Index: 276
    Groceries Index: 120
    Healthcare Index: 119

    4. Cottage Lake


    Population: 23,416 Housing Index: 267
    Groceries Index: 120
    Healthcare Index: 119

    5. Bainbridge Island

    Bainbridge Island, Washington

    Source: Wikipedia

    Population: 22,933Housing Index: 261
    Groceries Index: 120
    Healthcare Index: 119

    6. Bellevue

    Bellevue, Washington

    Source: Wikipedia

    Population: 122,873Housing Index: 255
    Groceries Index: 120
    Healthcare Index: 119

    7. Newcastle

    Newcastle, Washington

    Source: Wikipedia

    Population: 10,358Housing Index: 252
    Groceries Index: 120
    Healthcare Index: 119

    8. Klahanie


    Population: 11,991 Housing Index: 240
    Groceries Index: 120
    Healthcare Index: 119

    9. Hobart


    Population: 6,580 Housing Index: 240
    Groceries Index: 120
    Healthcare Index: 119

    10. Normandy Park


    Population: 6,374 Housing Index: 235
    Groceries Index: 120
    Healthcare Index: 119

    Detailed List Of Expensive Places In Washington

    City Rank Population Housing Index Groceries Index Healthcare Index
    mercer island 1 22,922 391 120 119
    sammamish 2 46,405 282 120 119
    union hill-novelty hill 3 21,422 276 120 119
    cottage lake 4 23,416 267 120 119
    bainbridge island 5 22,933 261 120 119
    bellevue 6 122,873 255 120 119
    newcastle 7 10,358 252 120 119
    klahanie 8 11,991 240 120 119
    hobart 9 6,580 240 120 119
    normandy park 10 6,374 235 120 119
    snoqualmie 11 10,500 228 120 119
    kirkland 12 49,090 225 120 119
    redmond 13 54,389 223 120 119
    bothell east 14 7,806 221 120 119
    issaquah 15 30,473 220 120 119
    woodinville 16 10,945 209 120 119
    seattle 17 612,916 206 120 119
    lake forest park 18 12,718 206 120 119
    brier 19 6,142 204 120 119
    mukilteo 20 20,263 225 105 124
    maltby 21 11,403 224 105 124
    duvall 22 6,706 202 120 119
    vashon 23 10,854 200 120 119
    north bend 24 5,847 195 120 119
    mill creek 25 18,163 207 105 124
    kenmore 26 20,589 192 120 119
    lake tapps 27 11,870 204 95 122
    wollochet 28 6,181 203 95 122
    woods creek 29 5,800 200 105 124
    gig harbor 30 7,239 201 95 122
    east renton highlands 31 12,627 181 120 119
    mill creek east 32 15,269 194 105 124
    bothell 33 33,664 180 120 119
    silver firs 34 21,433 193 105 124
    felida 35 7,416 186 116 114
    picnic point 36 8,886 191 105 124
    edmonds 37 39,925 187 105 124
    bothell west 38 15,858 173 120 119
    shoreline 39 53,282 172 120 119
    artondale 40 12,863 183 95 122
    lake morton-berrydale 41 9,628 182 95 122
    martha lake 42 15,785 175 105 124
    bryn mawr-skyway 43 16,404 155 120 119
    renton 44 91,273 152 120 119
    alderwood manor 45 8,354 168 105 124
    maple valley 46 22,663 168 95 122
    poulsbo 47 9,172 149 120 119
    covington 48 17,579 162 95 122
    silverdale 49 19,490 148 120 119
    camas 50 19,483 154 116 114
    dupont 51 8,129 176 106 118
    fircrest 52 6,511 159 95 122
    burien 53 42,418 143 120 119
    mountlake terrace 54 20,026 143 120 119
    anacortes 55 15,798 161 112 121
    fort lewis 56 13,935 158 95 122
    barberton 57 5,526 150 116 114
    edgewood 58 9,422 156 95 122
    mount vista 59 7,435 149 116 114
    lakeland south 60 12,186 154 95 122
    sudden valley 61 6,625 156 111 114
    lakeland north 62 13,767 152 95 122
    lynnwood 63 35,901 149 105 124
    lake stickney 64 7,503 149 105 124
    steilacoom 65 6,065 151 95 122
    eastmont 66 20,091 177 97 118
    port orchard 67 11,239 136 120 119
    lake stevens 68 28,130 144 105 124
    port townsend 69 9,106 144 105 124
    snohomish 70 9,154 143 105 124
    bonney lake 71 17,336 148 95 122
    tukwila 72 19,127 134 120 119
    manchester 73 5,190 134 120 119
    monroe 74 17,198 142 105 124
    university place 75 31,315 144 95 122
    north lynnwood 76 16,765 140 105 124
    kent 77 108,700 141 95 122
    des moines 78 29,862 141 95 122
    lake shore 79 6,730 135 116 114
    south hill 80 54,093 140 95 122
    white center 81 15,198 128 120 119
    bellingham 82 80,930 141 111 114
    puyallup 83 37,358 138 95 122
    summit 84 8,394 138 95 122
    stanwood 85 6,201 139 112 121
    seatac 86 27,003 125 120 119
    marysville 87 60,202 133 105 124
    federal way 88 89,691 135 95 122
    waller 89 7,385 135 95 122
    clover creek 90 6,420 135 95 122
    arlington 91 17,773 132 105 124
    lynden 92 12,072 137 111 114
    tracyton 93 5,257 123 120 119
    frederickson 94 18,371 133 95 122
    salmon creek 95 21,168 127 116 114
    lakewood 96 58,688 118 154 110
    east port orchard 97 6,073 121 120 119
    everett 98 103,135 129 105 124
    walnut grove 99 9,911 126 116 114
    auburn 100 70,297 131 95 122
    fife 101 9,041 131 95 122
    washougal 102 14,031 125 116 114
    sumner 103 9,459 130 95 122
    milton 104 7,107 129 95 122
    battle ground 105 17,428 122 116 114
    graham 106 23,196 127 95 122
    enumclaw 107 10,963 127 95 122
    five corners 108 18,710 121 116 114
    birch bay 109 8,102 128 111 114
    elk plain 110 14,645 125 95 122
    orting 111 6,658 125 95 122
    prairie ridge 112 11,795 124 95 122
    pacific 113 6,666 123 95 122
    bremerton 114 38,311 109 120 119
    parkwood 115 7,322 109 120 119
    tumwater 116 17,469 129 106 118
    vancouver 117 162,699 113 116 114
    liberty lake 118 7,475 139 92 114
    olympia 119 46,792 128 106 118
    oak harbor 120 22,118 123 112 121
    orchards 121 20,636 112 116 114
    hazel dell 122 18,511 112 116 114
    spanaway 123 29,243 120 95 122
    lacey 124 42,383 126 106 118
    ferndale 125 11,507 122 111 114
    tacoma 126 200,013 119 95 122
    minnehaha 127 8,966 110 116 114
    mount vernon 128 31,804 119 112 121
    bangor base 129 5,419 100 120 119
    yelm 130 6,762 122 106 118
    sedro-woolley 131 10,536 114 112 121
    sequim 132 6,527 108 105 124
    burlington 133 8,379 112 112 121
    woodland 134 5,454 101 116 114
    west side highway 135 5,554 100 116 114
    midland 136 8,946 106 95 122
    tanglewilde 137 5,560 113 106 118
    parkland 138 35,466 105 95 122
    summit view 139 6,567 124 90 107
    port angeles 140 19,061 105 112 121
    longview 141 36,660 94 116 114
    east wenatchee 142 13,169 113 97 118
    kelso 143 11,929 75 116 114
    otis orchards-east farms 144 6,421 113 92 114
    ocean shores 145 5,512 98 106 118
    pullman 146 29,895 111 92 114
    wenatchee 147 31,956 108 97 118
    chehalis 148 7,285 94 106 118
    country homes 149 5,513 108 92 114
    shelton 150 9,814 92 106 118
    centralia 151 16,381 88 106 118
    ellensburg 152 18,204 104 90 107
    clarkston heights-vineland 153 6,714 104 92 114
    richland 154 48,556 105 91 105
    mead 155 7,011 103 92 114
    terrace heights 156 6,278 100 90 107
    selah 157 7,150 98 90 107
    west richland 158 11,904 101 91 105
    college place 159 8,720 101 91 105
    town and country 160 5,456 98 92 114
    spokane valley 161 89,793 95 92 114
    aberdeen 162 16,779 70 106 118
    moses lake 163 20,305 88 97 118
    walla walla 164 31,595 96 91 105
    cheney 165 10,631 92 92 114
    yakima 166 91,083 85 90 107
    spokane 167 208,701 88 92 114
    west clarkston-highland 168 5,233 88 92 114
    hoquiam 169 8,682 63 106 118
    othello 170 7,293 78 97 118
    kennewick 171 73,640 88 91 105
    quincy 172 6,721 75 97 118
    airway heights 173 6,127 81 92 114
    ephrata 174 7,672 74 97 118
    pasco 175 60,024 83 91 105
    finley 176 5,856 81 91 105
    grandview 177 10,763 71 91 105
    sunnyside 178 15,775 65 90 107
    toppenish 179 8,935 65 90 107
    clarkston 180 7,237 67 92 114
    moses lake north 181 5,010 61 97 118
    union gap 182 6,003 62 90 107