Cost of Living
Regional Cost of Living
The cost of living composite consists of grocery, housing, utilities, transportation, and miscellaneous goods and services. The national average is normalized at 100. Cost of living for Kitsap County in 2019 is 109, and it was based on estimates for Bremerton. Compared to other neighboring counties, the cost of living in Kitsap is equal to Pierce county, lower than King County (157), and higher than Thurston County (107). Both Kitsap and King Counties experienced higher housing prices; however, Kitsap indicated a much lower cost in all other categories amalgamated in the composite index.
|County||Composite||Grocery||Housing||Utilities||Transportation||Healthcare||Misc. Good and Services|
Source: C2ER (2019 annual report), bestplaces.net
The living wage is determined by calculating the minimum income at which a maximum of 33.3 percent of the total income would be allocated for housing. For 2019, the minimum living wage to rent a one-bedroom apartment in Kitsap County was $22 compared to $30 in King County. Meanwhile, the median home mortgage in Kitsap County required an hourly wage of $26 in contrast to King County at $44.
Living Wage (Kitsap)
|Housing Type||Rate||Required household hourly wage||Required household weekly wage|
|Rent 1 bedroom||$1,286||$22||$890|
|Rent 2 bedroom||$1,422||$25||$984|
|Median home mortgage||$1,488||$26||$1,030|
Source: UW Runstad Department of Real Estate Fall 2019 Report and CEBR