Seattle’s cost of living expenses grew significantly over the past decade

by Liz Hughes

The cost of living has risen across the nation, but some U.S. metros have experienced particularly significant increases. 

Seattle had some of the biggest increases in the cost of living over the past decade, according to a new report from Filterbuy.

With inflation impacting the economy, pandemic-driven supply challenges continue to drive up consumer costs. At the same time, wages haven’t risen enough to offset the challenges, and  businesses have  struggled to attract and retain employees. 

From 2010 to 2020, housing costs rose the fastest, while energy costs declined, the report found. Places where the cost of living grew the most, like Seattle and Boston, were in economically prosperous states that saw growth in high-paying jobs and attracted more residents. 

“Price increases now, however, appear to be a nationwide phenomenon, and for areas where the rate of job and wage growth is slower, household expenses may take up an increasingly large share of workers’ earnings,” the report stated. 

Seattle residents experienced the largest price increases over the past decade, with the cost of living growing 23.2% from 2010 to 2020. Compared to the average cost of living, Seattle’s rose 12%, while the area’s cost of goods grew 11.4%. Housing costs rose a whopping 52.3%, as utility costs fell 8.9%.

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