Seattle 65 Below average
Seattle Livability #378 ranked city in Washington#17,642 ranked city in the USARanks better than 39% of areas
A+ Seattle Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Seattle Cost of Living Cost of living is 34% higher than Washington
15757% more expensive than the US average
11717% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Seattle cost of living
F Seattle Crime Total crime is 82% higher than Washington
Total crime
5,499134% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 19134% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
8%Year over year crime is up
Seattle crime
B Seattle Employment Household income is 18% higher than Washington
Median household income
$74,45835% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$48,68663% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%20% lower than the US average
Seattle employment
B- Seattle Housing Home value is 80% higher than Washington
Median home value
$484,600162% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,26633% higher than the US average
Home ownership
46%27% lower than the US average
Seattle real estate or Seattle rentals
A- Seattle Schools HS graduation rate is 6% higher than Washington
High school grad. rates
92%11% higher than the US average
School test scores
60%25% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:112% higher than the US average
Seattle K-12 schools
D- Seattle User Ratings There are a total of 116 ratings in Seattle
Overall user rating
51% 116 total ratings
User reviews rating
33% 26 total reviews
User surveys rating
63% 90 total surveys
all Seattle poll results

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      Living in Seattle, WA

      Located in the state of Washington, Seattle is a large 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. The majority of Seattle residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. 79% of the people in Seattle (over the age of 15) are married and 60% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

      Without the right tools, relocating to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Seattle, Washington could be a good experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. With useful information like crime, cost of living, education, employment, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Seattle and in the areas around Seattle is a much easier task.

      With a livability score of 67/100, Seattle is ranked #14,406 in the United States and #251 in Washington. Based on the grades for each individual category, Seattle has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+), education (B), employment (B) and housing (B-). Regrettably for Seattle, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F) and cost of living (F).

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Seattle, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Seattle: Pike Place Market, Pike Place Market, and Space Needle.

      The Seattle unemployment rate (1.39%) has continued to decrease over the years and is now well below the national average. Finding a new job in the area might just be easier than you thought!

      Seattle real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Seattle. Median real estate prices in Seattle come in at $484,600, which is 79.9% higher than the Washington average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Seattle, the home price to income ratio is 6.5, which is 51.2% higher than the Washington average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Seattle were 4.5%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 13.7%.

      Seattle transportation information

      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).