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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    NG
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Population
11,496

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$349,388
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,367
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    33%
  • Own
    67%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    161
    283
  • Murder
    68
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    195
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,142
    500
  • Theft
    2,090
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    914
    284

Residents

Diversity
NG
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$68,829
National
$55,322
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    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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More walkability! Rainier Beach has a thriving community but needs more storefronts within walkable distance to liven it up. Most are just on Rainier Ave.
I loved the diversity I experienced living in this neighborhood. I loved the proximity to downtown Seattle. The light rail and numerous buses made excellent and convenient choices for commuting to work or to downtown for a night out. It is also very close to the airport which is great when you travel a lot. There are a lot of parks and playgrounds for kids. Easy access to hiking trails and close to the water. There is a nice boat ramp. Had a very good network of neighbors that look out for one another. Stores and restaurants are all available in the neighborhood many within walking distance.