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
    0
  • Murder
    3
    0
  • Rape
    21
    41
  • Robbery
    224
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,123
    1
  • Theft
    3,832
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    567
    0

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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Seattle Reviews

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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.
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In my opinion there are many nice things about Seattle Washington if you enjoy an active and busy lifestyle. The only real issues I have with Seattle is that the crime rate has been on the rise now for years, the traffic tends to be heavy, and there is a homeless situation that I hope finds a solution in the near future in order to help out many folks who are in need. However, if you want diversity, an abundance of creative arts, a good job market, healthy living options, and a beautiful northwest city to live in or visit then Seattle is the place! I would say that over all Seattle is a fantastic city when weighing the pro's and con's.
If you don't mind a light drizzle for most of the year, the summer in Seattle will make it up to you. Great coffee, great food, great people watching opportunities. If you keep your eyes open, there is plenty of great art, performance and visual, happening year round. Amazing performing arts companies like 5th Avenue Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Symphony & Seattle Opera. And so so much more. Don't stop at the big companies, because the smaller fringe companies have so much to offer. Oh, and techies galore!