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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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University District is a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington with a population of 31,880. University District is in King County and is one of the best places to live in Washington. Living in University District offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In University District there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in University District and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in University District are highly rated.
About University District...
Population
31,880

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$255,577
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,215
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    86%
  • Own
    14%
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University District 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
    999
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    595
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    3,816
    500
  • Theft
    4,338
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    1,533
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$38,461
National
$55,322
Children
4%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    33%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    36%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    8%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%
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University District has some great shops and restaurants (University Village is a great shopping complex). The neighborhood includes the beautiful UW campus and Ravenna Park is wonderful. It is a college town neighborhood, so some weekends can be loud late at night.
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Easy access to Downtown Seattle, Northgate, and minutes from Wallingford and Fremont. Practically every bus serving Downtown serves the U District.
Rents are getting pricey thanks to gleaming new apartments with foreign students, but street crime and homelessness still persists. Lack of much to do, but the biggest forte are an abundance of cheap eats.
Though it is great having access to so many different bus routes, the University District is always very noisy. Even on weeknights it is difficult to go to bed before midnight due to the noise. The University of Washington brings a lot of traffic and people here during the day, however the surrounding shops, restaurants and stores continue to seem second-rate. When big name stores have come into the area, they take customers away from small businesses who then have to struggle. This results in a combination of really nice and really dilapidated buildings right next to each other. The new construction of apartments has also made it difficult for people to live here, raising the rents. So in this area, you either live in a really nice place or a place that is basically falling apart. In addition, parking is really, really difficult. Overall, it isn't my first choice of neighborhoods, but being without a car has made it a good current location.