What is the best way to calculate cost of living in a new town? Seattle

Paychex dunder1
Jun 25 16 Comments

I’m considering an offer from a company on Seattle and I used several websites to check how much to maintain my life-style living in upstate NY. The problem the thee websites gave me very different answers, 160k, 130k, 110k. For those who moved to Seattle, how did you calculate the difference? I’m afraid of accepting the new offer since it will be 160k and that’s not an upgrade to me.

I got the 160k base after negotiation. No room for more.

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  • JUUL j2mtdkr
    In terms of Seattle cost of living, we're really just talking rent. A top end 1 bedroom apartment is $2,500. A mid-tier apartment is in the $1,750-$2,200 range. All other costs such as gas, food, utilities will run roughly the same. The plus is Seattle doesn't have a state income tax, so factor that into your comp.
    Jun 25 3
    • Infosys / Consultant zingtwo
      What about commuting. New York has a better subway system, but people live far from their work and commute for hours everyday.
      Jun 25
    • JUUL j2mtdkr
      The question mentioned upstate NY. There's no subway in upstate
      Jun 25
    • Qualcomm rptwu
      Transit is better than any metro area I’ve lived. Employers with benefits (not amazon) give free orca cards
      You don’t need a car to live here, granted driving is expensive so that helps nudge you in the right direction
      Jun 25
  • Groupon / Eng sleepy
    You can’t maintain your upstate NY lifestyle here in Seattle. Period.
    Jun 25 0
  • CVS Health Canada🇨🇦
    Which Seattle company? Your YOE and Tc?
    Jun 25 0
  • Dropbox fixer17
    160k eh? Betting its an Amazon offer. All assumptions aside housing wise Juul is right. Public transport wise you will see a sharp increase on transportation here. Parking costs money. Busses are quick but inconvenient. Links are effective however not everywhere. Sounders are the fastest of all but in even fewer spots. All of which begs the question if you dont do major groccery hauls, hike, and or like road trips. There just might not be a need for purchasing your own car.
    Jun 25 3
    • Qualcomm rptwu
      What’s so expensive about taking a reachnow, lime car, or just renting a car for a weekend trip the handful of times you actually do so per year?
      Jun 25
    • Dropbox fixer17
      @rptwu simply a cost comparison vs the web like subway system New York has. It is harder to reach some places in Washington without the rental car. And chances are for those trips will cost more than a month of subway rides. This isnt to say you dont need to rent a car in NYC just saying they have more options to get to more locations there vs here.
      Jun 26
    • Qualcomm rptwu
      So you expect a direct public transit route to Rainier? I think you need to dial back your expectations. A couple of weekend trips per year in a rental car isn’t the end of the world. If you want to be remote, there’s probably not going to be a mass transit system taking you right there
      Jun 27
  • Infosys / Consultant zingtwo
    Numbeo has some good information about cost of living
    Jun 25 1
    • Uber vnkkhf
      Second this. Numbeo has great data.
      Jun 25
  • Facebook low
    Seattle is expensive. Housing, daycare, restaurants... No income tax is good, but in many ways, even San Diego is less expensive.
    Jun 26 0
  • Pivotal / Other AllDaSmoke
    Plug your info into SmartAsset's Salary Calculator.(withholding, HSA, 401k %, etc.)
    Search for apartments in your desired city with similar amenities, size, commute, etc.
    Subtract that rent from your net income.
    Decide if the leftover net income is enough for savings, fun, etc. The problem with COL converters is they assume that 1. You spend every penny you make into a predefined category, and 2. You're trying to buy a house. Personal finance is personal for these reasons.
    Jun 25 0
  • New / Mgmt SxkU44
    Same problem. I'm also moving to Seattle. There's a few different websites but I don't think any of them are good
    Jun 25 0