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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 708,823. 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
708,823

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$605,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,496
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%
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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
    414.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    39.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    222
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,075
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,529.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    544.2
    284

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
    27%
    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
    5%
    13%

Working in Seattle

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$85,562
National
$55,322
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Seattle Reviews

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I love living in the PNW! Residing in Seattle, I get all the benefits of a big city (good food, entertainment, a variety of schools, public transportation, job opportunities, etc...) while maintaining easy access to the beautiful nature of Washington state. There are countless forests, mountains, volcanoes, lakes, waterfalls, parks, and rivers all in easy driving distance, and there's outdoor fun year round if you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, or the like. Although some complain about the weather, it really isn't as rainy as most people make it out to be. The winter occasionally yields snow, and the summer sees sunny days occasionally nearing even ninety degrees. Seattle is pretty diverse, but even though locals generally pride themselves for being liberal and progressive that isn't to say issues like racism, police brutality, or gentrification are non-existent here. Yet every place has its issues, and in Seattle the pros far outweigh the cons!
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Wow, I'm an overall very positive, glass half-full kind of person but am shocked at the Niche ratings for Seattle! I've lived here since 1996 and while yes, the summers are absolutely perfect and the outdoors are top-notch; the city itself is not. The homelessness issue has taken over many neighborhoods (including Ballard my last neighborhood and Licton Springs, my latest neighborhood) bringing with them fires, drug activity, prostitution, theft, assault, etc. My neighbors app goes off 5? 10? times a days with notifications that include property theft (100%), burglaries (~40%), prowlers trying to open up doors (~30%) gunshots fired (?). This city doesn't feel safe especially in North Seattle (which is only *minimally* less expensive than other neighborhoods) and you can forget South Seattle as they see confirmed shootings/murders weekly. Oh, and the traffic is insane! How is it that the rating is an 'A'? That just baffles me. No, sadly, Seattle is not the place anymore to be.
I moved up to Seattle for college and with a short 6 month break after graduation, I moved back because it is a place of opportunity. My home town is just 40 minutes south and although I'd love to be closer to family in the Puget Sound area, I've stayed in Seattle to gain more connections in the music industry. That is something I love about Seattle -- music is always happening! Along with music, there's always markets, always amazing exhibits to attend that you wouldn't get elsewhere. I love the outdoors and Seattle is a sweet spot to easily get to 2 different mountain regions, and multiple national forests and parks. I love that I have the best of both city and backcountry life at my fingertips.
If I could change things about Seattle, it would be the consumerist mentality, the traffic, the noise, the homelessness and the law enforcement.