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Average Rent in Seattle & Rent Price Trends

By: Justin Chaplin and Rob Warnock
October 8, 2021

Considering a move to Seattle? Before you start apartment hunting, learn about the local rental market. Make sure you know the average rent in Seattle to get your budget started!

Average Rent in Seattle

Note: The data provided reflects our available units on Apartment List. For data that reflects the entire market, we recommend you visit our Rent Report, which is created based on our holistic methodology. You can also download the raw data containing rent estimates for hundreds of cities across the country.

Seattle rents have increased by 2.54% compared to last month, and are up by 12.04% compared to last year.

  • 1% of apartments in Seattle cost less than $1,000 per month.
  • 33% of apartments in Seattle cost between $1,000-$1,999 per month.
  • 43% of apartments in Seattle cost between $2,000-$2,999 per month.
  • 23% of apartments in Seattle cost over $3,000 per month.

  • 23% of apartments in Seattle are studio apartments.
  • 54% of apartments in Seattle are 1-bedroom apartments.
  • 19% of apartments in Seattle are 2-bedroom apartments.
  • 4% of apartments in Seattle are 3-bedroom apartments.

Average Rent in Seattle Neighborhoods

Have your ideal Seattle neighborhood already picked out? Rent prices across neighborhoods can vary, so get familiar with the average rent prices across the various neighborhoods in Seattle.

NeighborhoodAverage 1- Bedroom Rent
Seattle Central Business District$3,535
Pike Place Market$2,931
Belltown$2,742
South Lake Union$2,671
First Hill$2,642
Westlake$2,436
Pioneer Square$2,383
Lower Queen Anne$2,375
Capitol Hill$2,320
Ballard$2,275

Learn about the best neighborhoods in Seattle.

What Salary Do You Need to Live in Seattle?

Using the 30% rule, we can give a rough estimate of the salary needed to rent an apartment in Seattle. If these numbers look high, remember that a roommate or two can drastically cut down your monthly rent!

  • If you are renting an average priced studio apartment in Seattle, your annual salary should be around $61,128 or higher.
  • If you are renting an average priced 1-bedroom apartment in Seattle, your annual salary should be around $87,660 or higher.
  • If you are renting an average priced 2-bedroom apartment in Seattle, your annual salary should be around $124,272 or higher.
  • If you are renting an average priced 3-bedroom apartment in Seattle, your annual salary should be around $144,864 or higher.

Having trouble deciding how much rent you can afford? Try using a rent calculator. If Seattle is too pricey for you, read about the cheapest places to live in Washington.

Ready to make the move to Seattle? Start apartment hunting in Seattle with our quiz! If Seattle isn't for you, but you still want to live in the PNW, check out the cities nearby Seattle or the best places to live in Washington!

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AUTHOR
Justin is a Content Manager and contributing author at Apartment List, helping people navigate the world of renting. Justin previously spent his time earning his BBA in Marketing from Boise State University. Read More
SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Rob is a senior research associate at Apartment List, where he examines trends in the housing and rental markets. Previously he worked in public health policy, and before that, graduated from UCLA with a degree in Globalization. Read More
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