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 2018:
- Laurelhurst (Homes)
- Portage Bay (Homes)
- Queen Anne (Homes)
- Bryant (Homes)
- Green Lake (Homes)
- Denny-Blaine (Homes)
- Wallingford (Homes)
- Windermere (Homes)
- Fauntleroy (Homes)
- Madrona (Homes)
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.
If you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Washington check out:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Washington
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Washington
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Washington
How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Seattle for 2018?
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 limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 76 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 has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
Median Income: $152,722
Median Home Value: $895,680
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.
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2. Portage Bay
Median Income: $95,027
Median Home Value: $630,400
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.
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3. Queen Anne
Median Income: $94,551
Median Home Value: $629,365
Queen Anne Hill is an affluent neighborhood and geographic feature in Seattle, northwest of downtown. The neighborhood sits on the highest named hill in the city, with a maximum elevation of 456 feet. It covers an area of 7.3 square kilometers, and has a population of about 28,000. Queen Anne is bordered by Belltown to the south, Lake Union to the east, the Lake Washington Ship Canal to the north and Interbay to the west.
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Median Income: $104,527
Median Home Value: $542,825
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.
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5. Green Lake
Median Income: $86,543
Median Home Value: $531,175
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.
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Median Income: $198,420
Median Home Value: $870,450
Denny-Blaine is a neighborhood in east central Seattle, Washington. It is bounded on the east by Lake Washington; on the south by E. Howell Street, beyond which is Madrona; on the west by 32nd Avenue, beyond which is Madison Valley; and on the north by Lake Washington Boulevard E., Hillside Drive E., and E. Prospect Street, beyond which are Washington Park and Madison Park.
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Median Income: $86,960
Median Home Value: $519,231
Wallingford is a neighborhood in north central Seattle, lying on a hill above the north shore of Lake Union about four miles from the downtown core. The neighborhood developed quickly during the early 20th century after the establishment of the University of Washington to the east. With trolley tracks laid through the neighborhood as early as 1907, Wallingford is a classic streetcar suburb, typified by its many 1920s era box houses and bungalows. Commercial development is primarily concentrated along 45th Street where a number of iconic structures stand including the neon ‘WALLINGFORD’ sign, the Wallingford Center, and the original Dick’s Drive-In. With its central location, numerous public amenities, including the world-renowned Gas Works Park, and views of both the Olympic and Cascade mountains, Wallingford has long been home to many middle and upper-class families. While Wallingford is mostly residential in nature, the neighborhood’s southern edge, along Lake Union, has historically been an industrial and commercial business strip. In recent years, numerous office buildings have been developed as an extension of the burgeoning business center in neighboring Fremont. In 2014 Brooks Sports moved its headquarters from Bothell to a new six-story office building at the southwestern edge of Wallingford.
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Median Income: $131,315
Median Home Value: $870,000
Windermere is a residential neighborhood in Seattle, Washington, named after Windermere in England’s Lake District. It is bounded on the north by Magnuson Park, part of Sand Point; on the northwest by Sand Point Way N.E., beyond which is Hawthorne Hills; on the southwest by Ivanhoe Place N.E., beyond which is Laurelhurst; and on the southeast by Lake Washington. The area has been a part of Seattle since 1910.
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Median Income: $105,171
Median Home Value: $528,000
Fauntleroy is a neighborhood in the southwest corner of Seattle, Washington. Part of West Seattle and situated on Puget Sound’s Fauntleroy Cove, it faces Vashon Island, Blake Island, and the Kitsap Peninsula to the west. On sunny days, many locations in the neighborhood offer views of the Olympic Mountains, which are about 40 miles to the west. The neighborhood adjoins Lincoln Park to the north, Fauntlee Hills to the east, and Arbor Heights to the south. Within Fauntleroy is an area known as Endolyne. Fauntleroy is home to an eponymous Washington State Ferries terminal, providing service to Vashon Island and Southworth.
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Median Income: $111,769
Median Home Value: $589,167
Madrona is a mostly residential neighborhood in east central Seattle, Washington. It is bounded on the east by Lake Washington; on the south by E. Cherry Street, beyond which is Leschi; on the west by Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, beyond which is the Central District; and on the north by E. Howell Street, beyond which is Denny-Blaine.
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Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Seattle
If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Seattle where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Seattle:
- South Park
For more reading, check out:
- 10 Safest Places In Washington
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Washington
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Washington
Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Seattle
|25||Lower Queen Anne||10,358|
|42||South Lake Union||5,025|
|58||North College Park||7,272|