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%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

    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%

    Seattle Reviews

    208 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.
    Review Seattle
    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!
    I live nearby, and the reputation of Seattle has suburban kids whining to their suffering parents, asking "why couldn't we have moved to Seattle? Don't you love me, Mary-Beth? I could have met people! I could have had a life!"

    Of course, Seattle isn't perfect -- it's often sprawling, and difficult to meet others. If you're in your mid-20s, it's perfect -- or a suburban kid who hasn't seen a band in their entire life. Seattle's the spot for artsy self-proclaimed "losers" who can afford laptops costing them an upwards of $2,000. The Craigslist scene is popping, though. If you want a free couch, get over here.