As home prices hit new highs, cost of living overtakes traffic as worst part of living in Seattle area

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Mike Rosenberg | Seattle Times 

The sky-high cost of living has overtaken traffic as the most-hated part of living in the Puget Sound region, as local home prices continue to set records in King and Snohomish counties.

A new poll commissioned by the Puget Sound Regional Council asked people across the region what they like least about living here.

The last time the regional planning group asked this question, in 2003, more than half the people answered traffic and the lack of transportation options. Traffic jams were also the top concern in the survey before that, in 1993.

As home prices hit new highs, cost of living overtakes traffic as worst part of living in Seattle area _ The Seattle Times