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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    D-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    B+
King County is located in Washington with a population of 2,118,119. King County is one of the best places to live in Washington. Living in King County offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In King County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in King County and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in King County are highly rated.
Population
2,118,119

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$446,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,379
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    43%
  • Own
    57%
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King County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    211.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    30.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    132
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    690.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,893.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    527.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in King County

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$83,571
National
$55,322

King County Reviews

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A great cosmopolitan city! There's plenty restaurants, breweries and shops to keep you entertained. In addition, the public transit helps get you from point A to point B in this busy city. The housing prices are not the most ideal and can be quite difficult to work with. The weather rapidly changes with it's location being so close to the ocean, but the mild temperature could be a positive for most.
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Most of the communities in the area are more than willing to help people no matter where people are from. There are also many family friendly places, but also there is a lot to offer for many different people at different stages of life. Downsides are traffic and housing affordability.
People here are very friendly and welcoming. A great place to raise kids and has very good schools. The housing is quite expensive, however.