If you have West Coast dreams but Midwest money, don’t worry: There are still a few spots left where regular people can carve out a decent life on a reasonable budget in the country’s three westernmost states.
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In order to find the West Coast’s most attractive hidden gems, GOBankingRates used salary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), rental price data from ApartmentList, cost-of-living data from Sperling’s Best Places and livability scores from AreaVibes. Livability scores represent quality-of-life factors like crime rates, amenities, schools and employment.
It’s important to note that the cost-of-living index uses 100 as the baseline for the national average; but, to account for the West Coast’s higher living costs, this ranking includes cities with cost-of-living indices up to 125, which is 25% higher than the national average.
Washington dominates the list by a mile, with the Evergreen State accounting for exactly two-thirds of the cities in the ranking. When reading, keep in mind that the statewide average monthly income there is $6,312 — it’s $6,304 in California and $4,880 in Oregon.
Now, it’s time to meet the last remaining affordable cities out West.