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

    182 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
    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.
    Seattle has been a great neighborhood since I moved here in April of last year. A few things have been a bit odd, however. I once caught a guy stealing my neighbor's tires and when i called the cops, they never came. Other than that, it's not so bad. Has a bit of a retirement town feel to it in some places, and a college town feel in other places. The social life out here is great, the people are sweet and easy going. Of course, you'll definitely get your share of people complaining about Starbucks, traffic, and over population. I have noticed that the city sleeps around 9 most days, besides capitol hill, that is. The rainbow side walks and Seattle dogs make capitol hill its own beast entirely. What I love the most is the ferris wheel, if they sold a season pass to that, i'd be there at least twice a week! All in all, it's a great city. Big city feel with a small-town mentality. Honest people, and lets not forget all the great music and beer.