A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$452,800
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,185
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%

Seattle Rankings

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

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    350
    273
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    21
    41
  • Robbery
    224
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,123
    525
  • Theft
    3,832
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    567
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$70,594
National
$53,889
Children
13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    24%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    35%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%
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A great city to live in! Wealth of job opportunities in the tech sector,many different neighborhoods to explore, great bars & selection of food, especially if you're into health-conscious options. Easy access to outdoor activities. People are chill and laid-back and summers are the best here. No state income tax.

Cons: Housing market is hot right now (as of Dec-2017) and rents increase every year, but there are deals - you'll just need to look thoroughly. As a Seattle area local, the "Seattle Freeze" is real - it's hard to connect with new people and social circles are tightly knit, especially locals. People are polite, but not nice to you. Diversity seems to be segmented by neighborhood - the white "liberal" tech hipster archetype seems to be omnipresent. You can get by without a car, but it'll be inconvenient a lot of times - drivers tend to be very passive.
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The climate is one of the most attractive qualities of Seattle. We have all four defined seasons however they are very discreet, there isn't a drastic winter, or summer. Each season is enjoyable. Another quality about the Seattle and neighboring cities is the changes of terrain. You can spend time on the water and in the mountains. Many people live in Seattle due to the outdoor elements. We also have many small neighborhoods with in the city such as Queen Anne, Fremont, Ballard, West Seattle. All of these areas have a small town-in a big city, family neighborhood, friendly place to live!
Seattle--what a wonderful place! When you arrive in Seattle, visiting or for living, it's very likely you will see overcast skies and/or rain; that's given. After a while, you adjust, adapt and learn to accept the weather as part of your identity, as if it were tattooed onto your heart. You find a sense of commonality in a city of over 0.5 million people, most of whom you may never know. However, the 0.0001 % of people you may meet and make friendships with is the part of Seattle that unlocks the magic because beyond the Space Needle, Starbucks, flying fish and other common attractions are the true intimacies of the city. When you wander into Fremont and find some of the best coffee and some of the friendliest people, when you meander into Queen Anne without know and find the homiest Turkish cuisine, when you discover Wedgewood and its enticing serenity, when you voyage to tucked away neighborhoods and find some of the most intriguing street art, that's when you've found Seattle.