The 10 Best Seattle, WA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Seattle are the best of the best.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Seattle.
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Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Seattle, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Seattle neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Seattle are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Seattle for 2019:

  1. Laurelhurst (Homes)
  2. Portage Bay (Homes)
  3. Bryant (Homes)
  4. Broadmoor (Homes)
  5. Phinney Ridge (Homes)
  6. Loyal Heights (Homes)
  7. Hawthorne Hills (Homes)
  8. View Ridge (Homes)
  9. Ravenna (Homes)
  10. Green Lake (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Seattle for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Laurelhurst looks to be the best Seattle neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Seattle that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Seattle.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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How we determined the best Seattle hoods in 2019

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Seattle, we had to determine what criteria defines a “best”.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 78 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the “Best City Neighborhood In Seattle.” We’re lookin’ at you, Laurelhurst.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Seattle, Washington has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Laurelhurst Seattle, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,159
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $1,053,600 (3rd best)
Median Income: $170,046 (3rd best)
More on Laurelhurst: Homes For Sale | Data

Laurelhurst is a residential neighborhood in Seattle, Washington, USA. It is bounded on the northeast by Ivanhoe Place N.E., beyond which is Windermere; on the northwest by Sand Point Way N.E. and N.E. 45th Street, beyond which are Hawthorne Hills, Ravenna, and University Village; on the west by Mary Gates Memorial Drive N.E., beyond which is the East Campus of the University of Washington; on the southwest by Union Bay; and on the east by Lake Washington. Seattle Children’s Hospital is located in its northwest corner. The area has been a part of Seattle since 1910.

Portage Bay Seattle, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,614
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $784,150 (7th best)
Median Income: $110,704 (13th best)
More on Portage Bay: Homes For Sale | Data

The small residential neighborhood of Portage Bay, Seattle, is located on the southwestern shore of the bay. It is bounded on the south by State Route 520 and on the west by Interstate 5, and features one of the larger remaining enclaves of houseboats in Seattle.

Bryant Seattle, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,241
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $567,125 (24th best)
Median Income: $105,780 (17th best)
More on Bryant: Homes For Sale | Data

Bryant is a residential neighborhood in northeast Seattle, Washington. According to the City of Seattle’s neighborhood maps, it is bounded by 35th Avenue NE and NE 45th Place on the west, beyond which is Ravenna; Sand Point Way NE and 45th Ave NE on the east, beyond which are Laurelhurst and Windermere; and NE 75th Street and NE 65th Street on the north, beyond which are View Ridge and Wedgwood. Many who live in the northernmost section of Bryant proudly identify as Wedgwood residents.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,508
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 17)
Median Home Value: $1,256,500 (1st best)
Median Income: $188,646 (1st best)
More on Broadmoor: Homes For Sale | Data

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10
/10

Population: 10,900
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 10)
Median Home Value: $612,754 (17th best)
Median Income: $94,057 (28th best)
More on Phinney Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 7,963
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 12)
Median Home Value: $554,144 (27th best)
Median Income: $96,947 (23rd best)
More on Loyal Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,721
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 13)
Median Home Value: $707,800 (8th best)
Median Income: $113,832 (11th best)
More on Hawthorne Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 4,205
Rank Last Year: 27 (Up 20)
Median Home Value: $687,960 (9th best)
Median Income: $133,298 (6th best)
More on View Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 10,286
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $591,627 (20th best)
Median Income: $96,775 (24th best)
More on Ravenna: Homes For Sale | Data

Green Lake Seattle, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 9,656
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $614,025 (16th best)
Median Income: $106,534 (16th best)
More on Green Lake: Homes For Sale | Data

Green Lake is a freshwater lake in north central Seattle, Washington, within Green Lake Park. The park is surrounded by the Green Lake neighborhood to the north and east, the Wallingford neighborhood to the south, the Phinney Ridge neighborhood to the west, and Woodland Park to the southwest. It is a glacial lake, its basin having been dug 50,000 years ago by the Vashon glacier, which also created Lake Washington, Union, Bitter and Haller Lakes.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Seattle

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Seattle where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Seattle aren’t all good. South Park takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Seattle.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Seattle For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Laurelhurst 4,159 $1,053,600 $170,046
2 Portage Bay 1,614 $784,150 $110,704
3 Bryant 5,241 $567,125 $105,780
4 Broadmoor 1,508 $1,256,500 $188,646
5 Phinney Ridge 10,900 $612,754 $94,057
6 Loyal Heights 7,963 $554,144 $96,947
7 Hawthorne Hills 1,721 $707,800 $113,832
8 View Ridge 4,205 $687,960 $133,298
9 Ravenna 10,286 $591,627 $96,775
10 Green Lake 9,656 $614,025 $106,534
11 Windermere 1,616 $979,300 $127,762
12 Queen Anne 25,386 $635,135 $104,518
13 Wallingford 16,333 $604,588 $93,826
14 Madrona 4,296 $638,550 $123,935
15 Montlake 2,009 $854,000 $148,077
16 Magnolia 16,871 $645,029 $108,612
17 Whittier Heights 5,298 $554,725 $92,956
18 Wedgwood 10,290 $543,192 $101,398
19 Arbor Heights 5,176 $459,550 $100,528
20 Denny-Blaine 971 $994,350 $186,066
21 Fauntleroy 4,261 $551,867 $107,902
22 Matthews Beach 5,195 $585,271 $115,178
23 Blue Ridge 1,877 $549,625 $95,292
24 Madison Park 1,773 $1,216,900 $168,926
25 Admiral 12,607 $551,173 $96,220
26 Leschi 4,466 $658,600 $111,087
27 Olympic Manor 2,278 $685,967 $103,313
28 West Seattle 27,055 $505,822 $89,963
29 Eastlake 3,806 $555,300 $75,217
30 Fremont 12,472 $533,092 $81,943
31 Madison Valley 1,789 $527,975 $123,390
32 North Beach 2,193 $605,300 $99,843
33 Capitol Hill 37,489 $526,860 $85,656
34 Broadview 8,547 $494,800 $85,064
35 Sunset Hill 6,216 $575,288 $93,572
36 Maple Leaf 11,681 $497,731 $89,121
37 Ballard 16,713 $522,193 $88,479
38 Lower Queen Anne 11,479 $447,030 $79,278
39 Pioneer Square 582 $574,033 $82,597
40 Westlake 3,905 $363,800 $94,208
41 Roosevelt 3,138 $549,275 $78,093
42 Victory Heights 5,254 $375,186 $66,984
43 Central District 16,895 $434,618 $69,524
44 Downtown 12,264 $474,229 $70,330
45 Meadowbrook 3,644 $429,440 $79,570
46 First Hill 12,112 $369,892 $47,158
47 Alki 2,069 $616,283 $92,988
48 Crown Hill 2,877 $503,267 $89,372
49 Greenwood 16,734 $424,567 $81,641
50 Belltown 10,468 $298,940 $84,419
51 Seward Park 4,496 $509,056 $91,406
52 South Lake Union 6,331 $372,100 $88,097
53 Bitter Lake 8,798 $364,800 $55,490
54 Cedar Park 5,660 $425,214 $73,451
55 Pinehurst 5,879 $399,283 $64,376
56 Mount Baker 8,739 $484,690 $84,194
57 Highland Park 7,492 $306,962 $53,914
58 Industrial District 2,705 $449,162 $89,424
59 Interbay 4,239 $524,950 $81,117
60 Brighton 8,225 $347,062 $48,031
61 Columbia City 9,450 $362,455 $58,398
62 Beacon Hill 35,035 $359,223 $60,130
63 North College Park 7,494 $354,178 $72,782
64 High Point 7,820 $331,500 $60,140
65 International District 6,222 $275,700 $31,574
66 Haller Lake 8,563 $362,689 $66,470
67 Atlantic 5,133 $409,783 $66,899
68 Olympic Hills 8,347 $313,800 $61,322
69 Riverview 3,508 $335,700 $76,727
70 University District 26,977 $298,214 $51,109
71 Rainier Beach 15,358 $334,780 $61,016
72 Northgate 4,283 $363,225 $55,515
73 South Delridge 6,231 $280,467 $52,981
74 North Delridge 4,280 $352,340 $73,541
75 Sand Point 703 $396,900 $66,250
76 Roxhill 5,249 $324,975 $63,066
77 Georgetown 2,000 $314,817 $64,669
78 South Park 3,549 $193,200 $37,624

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