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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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South Lake Union is a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington with a population of 17,853. South Lake Union is in King County and is one of the best places to live in Washington. Living in South Lake Union offers residents a dense urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In South Lake Union there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in South Lake Union and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in South Lake Union are highly rated.
About South Lake Union...
Population
17,853

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$440,486
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,709
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    83%
  • Own
    17%
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South Lake Union Rankings

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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
    1,366.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    225.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    3,302.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    5,205.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    689.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$96,022
National
$55,322
Families with Children
5%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    36%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    5%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%
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South Lake Union Reviews

3 reviews
I'm living in South Lake Union through a program that offers reduced rent for lower income individuals and families. Overall it's a very nice place to live. The park by Lake Union and off of Denny Way are great options for those who want to enjoy the outdoors. Amazon HQ is in this area, so traffic can be pretty bad, but there are also a lot of good options for public transportation and walking. There aren't a ton of options for nightlife in terms of clubs or bars, but there are some great restaurants, fitness boutiques, small stores, and a Whole Foods all in the central part of the neighborhood. There are also regularly outdoor events, such as the SLU Summer Markets, events at MOHAI, etc. With that being said, this is a pretty expensive neighborhood, and affordability can be an issue.
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Busy and constantly being further developed. Amazon has taken over and is tearing down many of the old buildings to make room for their new buildings. Bartells is at the center and is a great Drug Store. South Lake Union is a beautiful family friendly park and MoHAI is right there.
The area I love is nice. It's typically quieter than most of the city, but it's farther from restaurants and shopping including grocery stores so it's better if you have a car to get around.