Seward 84 Exceptional
Seward Livability #2 ranked city in Alaska#665 ranked city in the USARanks better than 97% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Seward

  • Commute

    The high commute score in this area could imply easy access to public transportation, as well as shorter-than-average commute times to your workplace.

  • Employment

    With higher than average median household income, income per capita and lower unemployment rates, this area scores extremely well in the employment category.

  • Housing

    Impressive scores in the housing category characterize this area, potentially attributed to the availability of affordable housing, strong appreciation rates and high home values.

  • Health & Safety

    Accessible health facilities like hospitals, doctors offices, clinics and nursing homes as well as good air quality are all factors that have led to a high score in this category.

  • Ratings

    According to recent surveys and polls, locals had excellent ratings for walkability to nearby amenities, safety, access to public transit and the overall sense of community in the area.

  • Nothing Found

    None of the categories scored poorly, resulting in no identified cons for this area.

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What's it like Living in Seward?

Seward is a smaller city located in the state of Alaska. The city has a population of 2,812 people. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (76% White). Given that fact, Seward could be considered less diverse than other cities. All the single ladies and all the single fellas might want to take notice as only 44% of the Seward population is married. Not a fan of sitting in traffic during your commute to work? Seward offers shorter work commutes, with an average one-way commute time taking only 8 minutes, far lower than the national average of 26 minutes.

Whether you’re relocating to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Seward could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Alaska 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. Finding the best places to live in Seward and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, crime, health & safety, employment, housing and other important metrics.

With a livability score of 81 out of 100, Seward is ranked #1,135 in the United States and #3 in Alaska. This is a great score, as Seward ranks well in multiple categories! Another exciting tidbit, is that Seward ranks better than 90% of all US cities! If we examine each of the categories individually, we see that Seward ranks well for employment (A-) and housing (A+). Seward does not fare well for the following: crime (D) and education (F). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

The Seward unemployment rate of 2.13% has continued to decrease over the years and is now well below the national average. The result could lead to reduced poverty and inequality in the area, higher wages and increased economic growth. This is a positive sign in the overall health of the local economy.

Real estate represents the most substantial investment for homebuyers, constituting their most valuable asset. Renters, on the other hand, typically see their monthly rent as their most significant expense. The Seward market earns a high score in the housing category, surpassing the national average in factors like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates. This robust real estate market not only benefits individual homeowners and renters but also spurs vigorous local economic activity and job growth, solidifying its significance in driving the region's prosperity and financial well-being.

Being close to public transit, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Seward. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Seward are affordable. Median real estate prices in Seward come in at $251,700, which is 2.1% lower than the Alaska average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Seward, the home price to income ratio is 3.4, which is 2.9% lower than the Alaska average.

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      Seward transportation information

      Statistic Seward Alaska National
      Average one way commute8min19min26min
      Workers who drive to work78.9%68.1%76.4%
      Workers who carpool4.6%12.5%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.0%1.5%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle2.3%1.0%0.6%
      Workers who walk5.9%7.9%2.8%
      Working from home5.7%4.6%4.6%
      Source: The Seward, AK data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).