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Downtown is a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington with a population of 6,975. Downtown is in King County and is one of the best places to live in Washington. Living in Downtown offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Downtown there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Downtown and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Downtown are highly rated.
About Downtown...
Population
6,975

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$598,880
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,444
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    81%
  • Own
    19%
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Niche ranks thousands of neighborhoods 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
    10,286.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    6,360.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    13,516.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    58,290.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    2,931.9
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$76,003
National
$55,322
Children
2%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    24%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    36%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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The downtown Seattle area has experienced immense growth in a fairly short amount of time and continues to grow. This I believe, is bound to create unexpected consequences that need to be addressed and treated as they develop.The most recent and prevalent issue is that of homelessness in the city. Homelessness has increased 21% since 2014 and while there are already taxation policies, work systems and personnel in place to address the cleanliness and maintainence of the cities sidewalks, buildings, vegetation, etc., the growth of the homeless population has begun to overwhelm the provided systems for cleanliness. In addition, this population within the community has affected other aspects of life in the city including loitering, begging, vandalism and crime.

Recently, the City of Seattle declared a "State of Emergency on Homelessness" and stated "By declaring a state of emergency on homelessness, the City will have more administrative authority and flexibility in contracting for services and allocating resources in response to the homelessness crisis." Within this document the City of Seattle also provided various "FAQ" information in order to address common questions as well as expain the initial action of a $5 million dollar one time investment and how this investment will be allocated to begin addressing the homelessness crisis.

This action reveals the local government's recognition and developing solutions to the issue at hand.
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In the last four years I have lived in eight different cities, within three different states. I have resided within New York, South Carolina and Washington.

Each state I have lived in has varied greatly from the others. Some of these differences are easily identifiable, such as those of government policy and climate. Other differences are hinted at by policy, statistics and well known cultural and religious practices but, beyond these differences there is understanding that can be developed only by living within a particular area and experiencing life in the midst of other residents.

Having resided in roughly three of the four "corners" of the United States, I have gained greater perspective and experiences in ways I otherwise had not even expected.

The three distinct areas of the Northeast, the Southeast and the Pacific Northwest, while part of the same Country, in fact offer starkly different climates, cultures and perspectives.

Moving to Western Washington and most recently downtown Seattle has drastically changed my life. Up until I moved to the Pacific Northwest I had always planned to return to the Northeast, regardless of where I ended up in the meantime. This changed when I discovered all the Pacific Nowrthwest has to offer.

The natural beauty of the surrounding area, including the Puget Sound, Mt. Rainer, the Pacific Ocean, Hoh Rainforest and much more offer an easily accesible escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Furthermore, the governmental policies of the area align more closely with my philosophical and political views on achieving true freedom and healthy living for residents through the pursuit environmental, medical and economic practices that work towards these goals. In addition, these policies are fueling growth and diversity within the community which supports a greater variety of cultures, perspectives and lifestyles in which innovation, businesses and prosperity can thrive.
The immediate area of downtown Seattle is somewhat difficult to define regarding "sense of community" from the outside looking in because tourism is such a large part of that area, however, having lived in the surrounding areas and now downtown, just two blocks from the Pike Place Market, I have come to learn more of the interactions and relationship between residents.

Pike Place Market is an excellent example of this. While most people know of the market and may have even visited it, I have had the opportunity to become well acquainted with the market.I have learned its many maze-like passages within all of its levels, developed relationships with the local farmers and vendors and have become a regular volunteer as part of the Pike Place Market Foundation supporting the low-income housing, child care and food banks located within the marketplace.

Through these experiences I have had the pleasure of learning the life of the market and contributing to it alongside my fellow Seattle residents to make it the beautiful, generous, and productive hot spot for residents and tourists alike.