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:
- Laurelhurst (Homes)
- Portage Bay (Homes)
- Bryant (Homes)
- Broadmoor (Homes)
- Phinney Ridge (Homes)
- Loyal Heights (Homes)
- Hawthorne Hills (Homes)
- View Ridge (Homes)
- Ravenna (Homes)
- 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”.
- 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 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.
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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