These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Seattle


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:

  1. Laurelhurst
  2. Queen Anne
  3. Green Lake
  4. Portage Bay
  5. Windermere
  6. Madrona
  7. Madison Park
  8. Wallingford
  9. Bryant
  10. Broadmoor

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

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Seattle?

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 75 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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,665
Median Home Price: $851,440
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,692
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%

2. Queen Anne

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,023
Median Home Price: $599,510
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,692
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%

3. Green Lake

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,465
Median Home Price: $533,412
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,692
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%

4. Portage Bay

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,737
Median Home Price: $678,350
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,692
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%

5. Windermere

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,290
Median Home Price: $736,350
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,692
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%

6. Madrona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,544
Median Home Price: $579,533
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,692
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%

7. Madison Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,538
Median Home Price: $914,176
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,692
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%

8. Wallingford

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,450
Median Home Price: $527,669
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,926
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%

9. Bryant

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,093
Median Home Price: $534,650
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,483
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%

10. Broadmoor

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,528
Median Home Price: $873,800
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,692
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%

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. Highland Park
  3. Georgetown

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Seattle

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Laurelhurst 1 4,665 $851,440 2,692 2.0%
Queen Anne 2 24,023 $599,510 2,692 3.6%
Green Lake 3 8,465 $533,412 2,692 2.7%
Portage Bay 4 1,737 $678,350 2,692 4.3%
Windermere 5 1,290 $736,350 2,692 2.5%
Madrona 6 3,544 $579,533 2,692 3.1%
Madison Park 7 1,538 $914,176 2,692 2.5%
Wallingford 8 14,450 $527,669 2,926 3.1%
Bryant 9 5,093 $534,650 3,483 3.4%
Broadmoor 10 1,528 $873,800 2,692 3.4%
Roosevelt 11 2,922 $515,675 3,123 2.2%
Fauntleroy 12 3,955 $507,317 2,692 2.0%
North Beach 13 2,285 $576,067 2,692 3.8%
Montlake 14 1,989 $782,933 2,692 4.1%
Phinney Ridge 15 9,806 $534,823 3,151 3.5%
Magnolia 16 16,281 $614,241 2,692 4.6%
Ravenna 17 10,386 $549,736 2,825 4.7%
Eastlake 18 3,499 $629,725 2,692 4.2%
Hawthorne Hills 19 1,649 $629,650 2,692 5.1%
Wedgwood 20 9,677 $472,833 3,908 2.8%
Whittier Heights 21 5,006 $458,225 4,525 3.0%
Madison Valley 22 1,278 $513,725 2,692 3.9%
Matthews Beach 23 5,412 $499,386 3,278 3.5%
View Ridge 24 3,817 $604,640 2,692 5.1%
Olympic Manor 25 2,219 $599,000 2,692 5.0%
Loyal Heights 26 7,382 $459,956 4,316 4.2%
Capitol Hill 27 33,331 $496,188 3,200 4.6%
Sunset Hill 28 5,921 $545,312 3,285 4.9%
Belltown 29 8,657 $428,611 3,146 4.1%
Leschi 30 3,990 $579,711 2,692 6.2%
West Seattle 31 25,037 $442,011 4,242 3.7%
Fremont 32 11,427 $472,933 3,933 4.6%
Westlake 33 3,022 $442,100 3,779 4.5%
Downtown 34 9,980 $559,563 2,692 4.2%
Maple Leaf 35 10,301 $434,177 4,782 3.6%
Arbor Heights 36 5,071 $416,583 4,638 3.6%
Ballard 37 15,107 $436,320 4,585 5.1%
Admiral 38 11,487 $476,933 3,888 4.4%
Alki 39 2,161 $591,050 2,692 6.3%
First Hill 40 11,273 $450,608 4,858 4.1%
Central District 41 14,842 $385,981 5,822 4.2%
Victory Heights 42 5,000 $382,600 5,774 3.5%
Interbay 43 3,475 $507,200 2,692 5.8%
Lower Queen Anne 44 9,455 $406,610 4,269 5.9%
Blue Ridge 45 1,579 $474,125 3,847 5.3%
Meadowbrook 46 3,468 $386,680 5,855 3.6%
Broadview 47 7,761 $439,240 4,450 5.3%
South Lake Union 48 4,106 $400,633 4,178 4.9%
Greenwood 49 15,684 $377,150 5,828 5.7%
University District 50 25,643 $494,267 5,546 6.5%
Mount Baker 51 7,564 $464,290 4,441 5.8%
Seward Park 52 4,478 $461,689 4,272 6.2%
Crown Hill 53 2,942 $435,400 4,761 5.1%
Olympic Hills 54 7,823 $423,838 5,970 6.2%
Northgate 55 2,899 $302,325 7,243 2.4%
International District 56 6,235 $384,625 7,104 3.8%
Pinehurst 57 5,749 $331,217 6,645 4.8%
Cedar Park 58 4,505 $403,500 5,418 6.3%
Industrial District 59 2,438 $396,225 5,277 5.0%
North College Park 60 7,135 $321,089 6,651 6.3%
High Point 61 6,344 $333,367 6,953 6.8%
Columbia City 62 8,584 $361,464 6,881 7.5%
Brighton 63 7,236 $334,762 7,540 7.8%
Atlantic 64 4,524 $374,450 6,246 7.4%
Beacon Hill 65 33,621 $336,810 7,347 5.4%
Bitter Lake 66 8,065 $341,422 6,885 7.5%
South Delridge 67 6,109 $276,917 7,915 6.8%
Roxhill 68 4,573 $312,400 7,031 6.3%
Haller Lake 69 7,374 $321,867 6,942 6.4%
North Delridge 70 3,876 $349,080 5,826 7.6%
Riverview 71 3,419 $311,267 6,994 7.1%
Rainier Beach 72 15,389 $311,973 7,631 7.9%
Georgetown 73 1,928 $300,900 7,585 4.7%
Highland Park 74 6,123 $275,962 8,032 5.9%
South Park 75 4,103 $254,500 8,487 7.5%

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