These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Seattle For 2018


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

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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 2018:

  1. Laurelhurst
  2. Portage Bay
  3. Queen Anne
  4. Bryant
  5. Green Lake
  6. Denny-Blaine
  7. Wallingford
  8. Windermere
  9. Fauntleroy
  10. Madrona

Read on to see how we determined the places around Seattle that deserve a little bragging rights.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Washington check out the best places in Washington overall or the worst neighborhoods in Seattle.

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How do you determine the best 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.

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1. Laurelhurst

Population: 4,084
Median Income: $152,722
Median Home Value: $895,680

2. Portage Bay

Population: 1,667
Median Income: $95,027
Median Home Value: $630,400

3. Queen Anne

Population: 24,052
Median Income: $94,551
Median Home Value: $629,365

4. Bryant

Population: 5,287
Median Income: $104,527
Median Home Value: $542,825

5. Green Lake

Population: 8,902
Median Income: $86,543
Median Home Value: $531,175

6. Denny-Blaine

Population: 1,018
Median Income: $198,420
Median Home Value: $870,450

7. Wallingford

Population: 15,687
Median Income: $86,960
Median Home Value: $519,231

8. Windermere

Population: 1,649
Median Income: $131,315
Median Home Value: $870,000

9. Fauntleroy

Population: 4,138
Median Income: $105,171
Median Home Value: $528,000

10. Madrona

Population: 3,948
Median Income: $111,769
Median Home Value: $589,167

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:

  1. South Park
  2. Riverview
  3. Roxhill

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Seattle

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Laurelhurst 1 4,084 $895,680 2,440 2.1%
Portage Bay 2 1,667 $630,400 2,440 2.0%
Queen Anne 3 24,052 $629,365 2,440 3.7%
Bryant 4 5,287 $542,825 2,442 2.8%
Green Lake 5 8,902 $531,175 2,440 2.3%
Denny-Blaine 6 1,018 $870,450 2,440 1.3%
Wallingford 7 15,687 $519,231 2,536 3.0%
Windermere 8 1,649 $870,000 2,440 3.9%
Fauntleroy 9 4,138 $528,000 2,440 1.1%
Madrona 10 3,948 $589,167 2,440 4.1%
Montlake 11 1,940 $779,333 2,440 3.0%
Eastlake 12 3,667 $533,125 2,440 2.2%
Ravenna 13 10,369 $550,700 2,440 4.6%
Magnolia 14 16,658 $599,994 2,440 4.0%
Phinney Ridge 15 10,445 $527,531 2,669 3.1%
Olympic Manor 16 2,145 $621,233 2,440 4.0%
Wedgwood 17 10,114 $461,400 3,531 2.7%
Madison Park 18 1,672 $953,626 2,440 4.5%
Loyal Heights 19 7,345 $461,311 3,595 3.0%
Hawthorne Hills 20 1,669 $661,000 2,440 5.0%
Broadmoor 21 1,482 $860,050 2,440 4.1%
Roosevelt 22 3,067 $519,100 2,729 3.7%
Matthews Beach 23 5,468 $493,243 2,771 3.3%
Fremont 24 11,859 $475,769 3,281 4.0%
Lower Queen Anne 25 10,358 $438,860 2,609 3.7%
View Ridge 26 4,243 $618,040 2,440 4.8%
Whittier Heights 27 5,227 $471,900 3,665 4.5%
Capitol Hill 28 35,122 $473,706 2,559 4.6%
North Beach 29 2,161 $546,467 2,440 4.8%
Madison Valley 30 1,564 $513,875 2,440 4.8%
Leschi 31 3,610 $563,000 2,440 4.7%
Admiral 32 12,313 $472,600 3,386 3.2%
Westlake 33 3,324 $376,100 3,569 4.3%
Alki 34 2,171 $572,900 2,440 4.3%
West Seattle 35 25,407 $440,052 3,598 3.9%
Sunset Hill 36 6,111 $526,162 2,894 4.7%
Ballard 37 15,909 $450,827 3,725 4.6%
Arbor Heights 38 5,116 $418,533 3,794 3.5%
Maple Leaf 39 11,121 $459,454 3,675 4.2%
Broadview 40 7,779 $443,980 3,809 3.7%
Greenwood 41 16,394 $380,667 4,865 4.9%
South Lake Union 42 5,025 $326,700 3,890 4.4%
Central District 43 16,669 $367,847 5,191 4.6%
Downtown 44 11,129 $395,053 3,737 4.2%
Belltown 45 9,044 $382,960 3,287 2.9%
Meadowbrook 46 3,508 $377,600 5,192 4.0%
Interbay 47 3,786 $501,467 2,847 5.0%
Seward Park 48 4,344 $454,411 3,754 4.5%
Cedar Park 49 5,130 $383,671 4,952 4.4%
Blue Ridge 50 1,720 $490,475 3,352 5.1%
Pinehurst 51 5,799 $348,650 5,870 2.7%
Victory Heights 52 4,916 $359,114 5,149 4.4%
Crown Hill 53 2,933 $448,133 3,942 4.6%
Industrial District 54 2,612 $402,100 4,631 5.0%
Mount Baker 55 7,866 $436,530 3,871 6.4%
Brighton 56 7,761 $328,525 6,838 4.7%
Atlantic 57 4,911 $370,483 5,312 6.8%
North College Park 58 7,272 $320,400 5,734 6.2%
First Hill 59 11,822 $340,067 5,366 3.6%
Bitter Lake 60 8,851 $340,511 5,931 7.5%
Highland Park 61 7,302 $271,438 7,270 3.4%
Columbia City 62 8,725 $350,827 5,983 7.5%
Olympic Hills 63 7,769 $292,550 6,620 5.9%
High Point 64 7,315 $301,600 6,748 7.2%
University District 65 24,712 $295,429 7,130 7.1%
Haller Lake 66 7,842 $321,956 6,009 5.6%
Northgate 67 3,562 $299,175 6,353 6.4%
International District 68 6,066 $233,567 7,804 4.2%
Rainier Beach 69 14,824 $315,620 6,614 7.5%
Beacon Hill 70 35,144 $315,965 6,649 5.6%
North Delridge 71 3,945 $328,560 5,465 6.3%
Georgetown 72 1,817 $298,667 6,754 5.9%
South Delridge 73 5,971 $266,733 7,203 8.8%
Roxhill 74 4,855 $300,300 6,356 7.6%
Riverview 75 3,473 $292,100 6,511 5.3%
South Park 76 3,981 $256,525 7,676 8.3%

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