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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
    NG
  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 11,496. Rainier Beach is in King County. Living in Rainier Beach offers residents an urban 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
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%
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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
    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
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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.