Seattle 75 Excellent
Seattle Livability #142 ranked city in Washington#3,218 ranked city in the USARanks better than 89% of areas

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      Living in Seattle, WA

      Seattle, Washington is a big city with a population of 668,849 residents. In Seattle, there are 7,978 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. If we look at the most recent Census, Seattle is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. Seattle has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 79% of the population is classified as married and 60% have kids.

      Whether you’re moving to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Seattle could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Washington if you know where to search. Don't forget to determine what matters most to you in a neighborhood. Consider factors such as safety, proximity to work or school, access to amenities (like parks, fitness facilities, grocery stores, restaurants), public transportation options, community atmosphere and the overall vibe you're looking for. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, cost of living, health & safety, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Seattle and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Seattle to Washington and the national average.

      Seattle, WA receives 75/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #142 in Washington and #3,218 in the USA. Pack your bags! This is a very high score in comparison to other US cities. Living in Seattle could be a great choice! For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Seattle ranks very well for education (A) and employment (A+). On a less positive note, Seattle does not have favorable scores for the following: crime (F) and cost of living (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, shops, etc., Seattle has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the more notable entertainment options include: Pike Place Market, Pike Place Market, and Space Needle.

      For individuals considering a relocation, job opportunities often take center stage as a crucial factor. Your chances of finding new employment in Seattle is actually far better than most areas. With a low unemployment rate of 1.39%, you are likely to see an increase of job options, higher wages, improved workforce productivity and higher economic growth.

      Assuming that Seattle meets all of your requirements like low crime rates, good schools and great local amenities, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Seattle. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Seattle are simply unattainable. The median home price for Seattle homes is $484,600, which is 79.9% higher than the Washington average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Seattle, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 6.5, which is 51.2% higher than the Washington average.

      Seattle transportation information

      Statistic Seattle Washington National
      Average one way commute27min27min26min
      Workers who drive to work49.2%72.3%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.7%10.2%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit20.8%6.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle3.8%0.9%0.6%
      Workers who walk10.1%3.6%2.8%
      Working from home7.0%5.6%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Seattle, WA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).