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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    NG
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
White Center is a suburb of Seattle with a population of 15,306. White Center is in King County. Living in White Center offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In White Center there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families live in White Center and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in White Center are above average.
About White Center...
Population
15,306

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$254,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$944
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    283
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500
  • Theft
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284
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Residents

Diversity
NG
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$47,680
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    12%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    21%
    13%
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White Center Reviews

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White Center has always been a diverse neighborhood and has an exciting variety of restaurants, markets and pubs. It is currently the neighborhood to visit if one has a taste for great barbecue, Vietnamese, Thai, Mexican food, craft beers, unique ice cream flavors and it has some of the best burgers in the city! My neighbors are Cambodian, Vietnamese, Muslim, Hispanic, African American, and Caucasian and I love hearing different languages spoken in one small area. I love that my neighbors look out for me and I am happy to reciprocate. I would recommend that everyone visit this exciting and inviting neighborhood!
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I spent a large part of my childhood growing up in White Center, Washington. While I loved living there and created life long memories, White Center isn't exactly the safest place to live.

Growing up, I used to live in a neighborhood called "Park Lake Homes" which was in White Center. That neighborhood was known to have a lot of gang activity. As a kid growing up, you had to make sure you didn't get caught up in all that. I was fortunate I had parents that made sure I focused 100% in school and did not get involved in gangs. Another thing that helped was getting involved with sports.
Overall, although White Center has gang activity, it was because of that gang activity that kept me on the right path.
White center is situated next to the very affluent neighborhood of Admiral Way/The Junction. Housing is very expensive but there is crime (robberies, shootings, etc.) nearby. I do not walk around at night. I do like the main California Avenue area though, which is nearby. Good wandering and restaurants.