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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Housing
    C
  3. Nightlife
    A+
  4. Good for Families
    A+
  5. Diversity
    A
  6. Jobs
    B+
  7. Weather
    B-
  8. Cost of Living
    D-
  9. Health & Fitness
    A+
  10. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  11. Commute
    B+
King County is located in Washington with a population of 2,163,257. King County is one of the best places to live in Washington. In King County, 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
2,163,257

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$493,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,494
National
$949
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

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
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    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
$89,418
National
$55,322

King County Reviews

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King County is amazing! The people here are very kind and welcoming to others, and there is plenty to do here in terms of jobs, volunteering, experience, recreation, etc. Not to mention the transit system is very convenient!
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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.
I love the diversity of King County. People are very kind but not pushy. There are lots of job opportunities for people. Some areas are safer than others. It usually depends on the income brackets of the neighborhoods. The food is really good and there are a lot of options especially in Seattle. The commute is usually terrible going to Seattle or Bellevue.