This is a question I get asked quite often by my readers. I have the answer: it doesn’t matter which neighborhoods you live in. There is a lot of great affordable housing options to choose from.
The question is what are the most affordable ones to rent in Seattle? Our study of the Seattle metro area found that the most affordable neighborhoods to rent in were in the suburbs. In fact, the most affordable neighborhoods were in the suburbs.
This has led some readers to accuse me of being a “neighborhood liberal.” I could counter that I am a proponent of affordable housing in suburbia but I am also a proponent of the suburbs as a place to live. As we all know, the suburbs are in many ways the best way to live in Seattle.
Most of us have heard that Seattle is the most expensive place to live in the US. Well, that isn’t true. The median income of Seattleites is higher than the median income of the residents of most other US cities. This is due in large part to our high cost of living. In Seattle, a $100K income is equivalent to about $6.25K in Los Angeles.
The difference is the cost of living in the suburbs versus the rest of the city. The average cost of living in Seattle is about $1,200/month, which is less than the cost of living in the rest of the city. In my opinion, living in the suburbs is the best way to live in Seattle. Sure if you live in Manhattan, it can be difficult to get affordable rent. But in Seattle it’s not too bad.
Seattle is a city that’s becoming increasingly competitive and affordable with rent. I don’t know of anyone who’s had to move back to the suburbs for the same reason as us. Even just staying in the city would make it easier on you, especially if you wanted to get a more affordable place to rent.
Now that there is more competition for rent, Seattle has to be more competitive. This means that the neighborhoods are getting more expensive and that less people are moving to the suburbs, which means less competition. In the end you just make more money, buy a better home, and move on.
This is a good thing. It’s good for the city (and the economy) to pay for new development, and it’s good for the cities (and the economy) to have more people living in the cities. So while the suburbs are still expensive and expensive places to live, it’s a good thing and I think it can only get better.
The truth is, there are a lot of people who don’t want to buy a house either because their parents don’t want to live in the same city and their parents don’t want a home. We all know that’s the reality and it makes sense. But its also a good thing because developers are always looking for more homes for rent in Seattle and the suburbs.
It also makes sense that developers are always looking for more affordable homes. The reason we’re seeing more and more people moving into the suburbs is because the median wage for Seattleites is lower now and the cost of living is lower than it has been in years. Developers, as a whole, expect to make more money from sales tax revenue as the cost of living goes up. As a result, developers are looking for places to build. This means less and less people living in the city.