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
$484,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,266
National
$949
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.

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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
    353
    283
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    21
    41
  • Robbery
    221
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,095
    500
  • Theft
    3,804
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    589
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$74,458
National
$55,322
Children
13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    25%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    36%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    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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I am living here for college. This city is awesome. There are so many diverse food options! If money isn't an issue, you'll never have to eat the same thing twice. The city gives a great sense of community and unity in support of diversity. Seattle is a very environmentally conscious and green city, and the vibrancy of the flora and fauna are stunning. It supports a healthy lifestyle with many biking trails and lanes, great paths for running, and wonderful fresh markets with lots of healthy, balanced foods. If you go to the right grocery stores, the prices are reasonable. It is like most cities- expensive- but has a high minimum wage.
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!