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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 688,245. 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
688,245

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$537,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,377
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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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
    26%
    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
    6%
    13%

Working in Seattle

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$79,565
National
$55,322
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I have lived here for 20 years and am now moving. It's gotten super expensive, groceries, property taxes, car tabs, car insurance and so forth. It's also gotten so over crowded and the traffic is a nightmare no matter what time of day you are driving. I can't even find parking at my local grocery store anymore. I also have gotten upset with the extreme liberal views here, using our tax dollars to provide free small houses for drug addicts. Crime has gotten worse as well. The city builds these beautiful biking trails that are littered with homeless people, discarded needles, trash etc. People are unfriendly to the point of being rude. You say Good Morning to someone and they look at you like you have 3 heads. For me this city has gone downhill and is sliding fast. It will soon be another liberal city where the drug addicts and homeless take over and you pay for it! No thanks.
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I absolutely love Seattle! It has everything anyone could want. Beautiful scenery? Check! Breathtaking skyscrapers? Check! Enjoyable people? Check! Seattle has amazing food as well. Tons of fresh seafood is typical wherever you go downtown. It has some downsides, however. A growing homeless population is clearly happening. Every now and then when walking around, you will catch a huge whiff of weed, which is horrible or amazing depending on who you are. For the most part, Seattle is pretty clean in comparison to other major cities (cough, cough New York and Los Angels). I would highly recommend Seattle to anyone considering coming here.
Seattle is a small town big city. Chances are you will know everyone (at least through someone/common connections). We have amazing food, awesome coffee, and great universities. We have professional sports teams of all variety, and soon even a hockey team! We have one of the best public transit systems in the states including busses, trains, trolleys, and even a monorail! Seattle is a booming tech capital and has some of the biggest companies in the world. Capitol Hill is super fun for bar hopping. There are some fun family activities, parks all over, and many fantastic sites to see. There is always something new to do in here. Once you visit most don't want to leave!