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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A
Seattle is a city in Washington with a population of 688,245. Seattle is in King County and is one of the best places to live in Washington. Living in Seattle offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Seattle there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Seattle and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Seattle are highly rated.
About Seattle...
Population
688,245

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$537,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,377
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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Seattle Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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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
    382.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    36.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    210
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,082
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,673.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    503.2
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    23%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    26%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    36%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    22%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    10%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Seattle

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$79,565
National
$55,322
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Seattle Reviews

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I absolutely love Seattle! It has everything anyone could want. Beautiful scenery? Check! Breathtaking skyscrapers? Check! Enjoyable people? Check! Seattle has amazing food as well. Tons of fresh seafood is typical wherever you go downtown. It has some downsides, however. A growing homeless population is clearly happening. Every now and then when walking around, you will catch a huge whiff of weed, which is horrible or amazing depending on who you are. For the most part, Seattle is pretty clean in comparison to other major cities (cough, cough New York and Los Angels). I would highly recommend Seattle to anyone considering coming here.
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Seattle is a small town big city. Chances are you will know everyone (at least through someone/common connections). We have amazing food, awesome coffee, and great universities. We have professional sports teams of all variety, and soon even a hockey team! We have one of the best public transit systems in the states including busses, trains, trolleys, and even a monorail! Seattle is a booming tech capital and has some of the biggest companies in the world. Capitol Hill is super fun for bar hopping. There are some fun family activities, parks all over, and many fantastic sites to see. There is always something new to do in here. Once you visit most don't want to leave!
I have lived in Seattle for about 4 years and I love it. There is an abundance of vegan restaurants, lots of activism to get involved in, beautiful parks, dog-friendly, beautiful water and mountain views, bicycle-friendly, and environmentally-minded! It's easy to get to beautiful places nearby for hiking, camping, or whatever your favorite outdoor activity is! It loses a star because it is pretty expensive to live here, especially as a student.