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If you want to really see Seattle, buy the CityPASS it will take you to places like the Space Needle, the Seattle Aquarium, and the Museum of Pop Culture; but, if you want to know where you should live in Seattle, take a look below at HomeSnacks' list of The Emerald City's best neighborhoods for 2020.
Seattle is where nature and a booming city meet in the Pacific Northwest. Incidentally, The City of Goodwill is one of the fastest growing cities in America. However, Seattle is not for the weak and neither are its best neighborhoods. The city is, unfortunately, one of the most expensive cities in America. So, if you want to live in Seattle's best neighborhoods, be ready to shell out at least $519,098.1153846154 and if you want to rent, be prepared to pay 20% above the national average.
Obviously a city with 630,104 residents means that it is doable--you're just going to need to find a good job, the right neighborhood, and budget. We can help you with the right neighborhood. For example, if you want to live next to water because you've just watched Sleepless in Seattle, the Portage Bay neighborhood is a great place. If you want to live in the northeast corner of Seattle, be prepared to pay at least $550,000 for a home in the Bryant neighborhood. And if you want to live in Seattle's best neighborhood, start applying to those jobs that pay at least $88,978.69230769231/year--you're going to need it.
Seattle might come with a hefty price tag, but it has great people, amazing food, and it's safe. So, if you want to know the neighborhood that embodies all of these qualities and then some, keep reading.
In case you've reached this point in the article and you are starting to doubt your move to Seattle, don't. This city is one of the best in the country. That's right, if you can handle mild to chilly temperatures on a regular basis, markets with fresh fish and unique treats, an eclectic music and art scene, and amazing scenery, then pack your car because Seattle's number one neighborhood is calling your name.
So, what is the best neighborhood in Seattle for 2020? Well, according to the latest census data and our SnackAbility algorithm, Laurelhurst is number one.
If you want to see how the rest of Seattle's neighborhoods ranked, take a look below; and if you don't find your favorite there, head to the bottom.
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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Seattle
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.
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 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.
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.
How We Determined The Best Seattle, WA Neighborhoods In 2020
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Seattle, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".
- 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.
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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