As the cost of living in Seattle continues to rise, more residents are choosing to live with a roommate to save money on rent.
According to the latest census data analysis by The Seattle Times, 12.5 percent of the city’s adult population lived with either a roommate, a boyfriend or a girlfriend last year. That’s up 39 percent since 2010, and the highest percentage of people living with a roommate among the 50 most populous US cities.
Though it is a sacrifice in privacy, having a roommate is an excellent way to save money. Many people who move in with a boyfriend or girlfriend save by sharing the cost of a one-bedroom apartment; however, two people renting a two bedroom can also save — while renting a two bedroom costs more than renting a one bedroom, it’s usually less than double the price.
Roommates can also of course reduce their expenses by splitting the cost of utilities. Analysis by financial services company SmartAsset shows that the average person living with a roommate in Seattle saves $428 per month.
Despite now being the top US city for roommates, Seattle also has plenty of singleton residents. In 2012, more than 40 percent of Seattle residents were the only occupant in their home. Last year, there were 118,000 people living by themselves in the city. That number has stayed roughly the same for the last 10 years.
So if Seattle’s high rent is getting you down, we suggest considering a roommate. That is, unless you’re thinking of trying out for the “Real World Seattle.” Then having roommates is just drama, drama, drama.