Are you thinking of moving to Seattle? Not sure how to swing moving to one of the most expensive cities in America? Read on for one woman’s story of relocating from a small city in Indiana to the suburbs of Seattle.
Job in Indiana: Was working full-remote as a Web Content Strategist for a mid-size health insurance company in Illinois.
Job in Seattle: When I moved in June 2017, I was still working full-remote for that company. I started working as a Content Writer for Microsoft in spring 2018, and I'm also still working part-time for my previous company running their social media for the extra money.
Rent/mortgage in Kokomo, Indiana: $680 for a 2-bedroom apartment, over 1,000 sq. ft., which included pet fees, split evenly with my partner.
Rent/mortgage in Issaquah, WA (suburb of Seattle): $1,900 for a 1-bedroom apartment, just over 700 sq. ft., which includes parking and pet fees, split evenly with my partner.
Our first year also included a free month's rent as part of an initiative to fill their new apartment building, essentially eliminating a deposit on a brand new apartment. It also made it the cheapest apartment we looked at. (We'd set a budget of $1,600-1,700 baseline rent, before things like pets and parking costs.)