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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Rainier Beach is a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington with a population of 12,732. Rainier Beach is in King County. Living in Rainier Beach offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Rainier Beach there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Rainier Beach and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Rainier Beach are above average.
About Rainier Beach...
Population
12,732

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$372,934
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,203
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%
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Rainier Beach Rankings

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
    160.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    67.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    194.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,142.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,090
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    913.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$71,602
National
$55,322
Families with Children
30%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%
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Rainier Beach is a majority African-American neighborhood. It is filled with tiny shops and restaurants which are really convenient. However, mainly at night, it can feel a little unsafe. It is not surrounded with the best public schools, but the high school (Rainier Beach HS) has a pretty good IB program for higher achieving students. The houses here are pretty affordable; although, I'm beginning to feel like this community is being gentrified. There are a ton of buses that make it convenient to bus to work or places in general, but there aren't many office/higher-paying job opportunities around here.
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Rainier Beach is an extremely diverse community. It has several elementary schools and a high school where basketball games are very popular. There are many fast food restaurants in the area. However, it is known for a high crime rate, although, in my experience, I would say that it is not as high as everyone thinks it is.
Rainier Beach is a very convenient place to live. There are many markets and restaurants nearby with many community resources as well. Something I would like to see change in is the cleanliness of the neighborhoods. In the recent years, I've seen a lot of trash spread out along the sidewalks because the trash cans are either too full or too far away.