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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
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A+
Belltown is a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington with a population of 22,815. Belltown is in King County and is one of the best places to live in Washington. Living in Belltown offers residents a dense urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Belltown there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Belltown and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Belltown are highly rated.
About Belltown...
Population
22,815

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$512,043
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,560
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    81%
  • Own
    19%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    2,625
    282.7
  • Murder
    57
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    843.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    3,137.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    8,465.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    849.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$92,371
National
$55,322
Families with Children
4%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    35%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    38%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    18%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    7%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
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I used to live in Belltown from 2011 to 2017. One of the things I liked living in Belltown is having a close access to the central waterfront. When I leave my apartment in the morning, I could smell ocean breeze. Walking down to the waterfront park is nice in the afternoon to watch a beautiful sunset. Easy access to buses are also nice thing about living in Downtown.
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Belltown is not a good neighborhood to live in, despite it being the most affordable part of the city. There's crime and homelessness everywhere and the streets are filthy. Don't waste your time here.
Overall, I love living in Belltown. I am literally within walking distance to almost everything I need. I have met so many people (and dogs!) and there is always something fun going on or somewhere cool to hang out. My only complaint about Belltown is the unsavory characters that often congregate in the neighborhood, but for the most part I always feel relatively safe.