THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Seattle For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Seattle.
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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 Seattle, WA

Population: 4,159
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $1,053,600 (Third best)
Median Income: $170,046 (Third best)
More on Laurelhurst: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Portage Bay Seattle, WA

Population: 1,614
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $784,150 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $110,704 (13th best)
More on Portage Bay: Homes For Sale | Data

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 Seattle, WA

Population: 5,241
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $567,125 (24th best)
Median Income: $105,780 (17th best)
More on Bryant: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Population: 1,508
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 15)
Median Home Value: $1,256,500 (First best)
Median Income: $188,646 (First best)
More on Broadmoor: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 10,900
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 10)
Median Home Value: $612,754 (17th best)
Median Income: $94,057 (28th best)
More on Phinney Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 7,963
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 14)
Median Home Value: $554,144 (27th best)
Median Income: $96,947 (23rd best)
More on Loyal Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,721
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 14)
Median Home Value: $707,800 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $113,832 (11th best)
More on Hawthorne Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 4,205
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 17)
Median Home Value: $687,960 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $133,298 (Sixth best)
More on View Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 10,286
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $591,627 (20th best)
Median Income: $96,775 (24th best)
More on Ravenna: Homes For Sale | Data

Green Lake Seattle, WA

Population: 9,656
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $614,025 (16th best)
Median Income: $106,534 (16th best)
More on Green Lake: Homes For Sale | Data

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".

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 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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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Seattle For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Laurelhurst 4,159 $1,053,600 $170,046
2 Portage Bay 1,614 $784,150 $110,704
3 Bryant 5,241 $567,125 $105,780
4 Broadmoor 1,508 $1,256,500 $188,646
5 Phinney Ridge 10,900 $612,754 $94,057
6 Loyal Heights 7,963 $554,144 $96,947
7 Hawthorne Hills 1,721 $707,800 $113,832
8 View Ridge 4,205 $687,960 $133,298
9 Ravenna 10,286 $591,627 $96,775
10 Green Lake 9,656 $614,025 $106,534
11 Windermere 1,616 $979,300 $127,762
12 Queen Anne 25,386 $635,135 $104,518
13 Wallingford 16,333 $604,588 $93,826
14 Madrona 4,296 $638,550 $123,935
15 Montlake 2,009 $854,000 $148,077
16 Magnolia 16,871 $645,029 $108,612
17 Whittier Heights 5,298 $554,725 $92,956
18 Wedgwood 10,290 $543,192 $101,398
19 Arbor Heights 5,176 $459,550 $100,528
20 Denny-Blaine 971 $994,350 $186,066
21 Fauntleroy 4,261 $551,867 $107,902
22 Matthews Beach 5,195 $585,271 $115,178
23 Blue Ridge 1,877 $549,625 $95,292
24 Madison Park 1,773 $1,216,900 $168,926
25 Admiral 12,607 $551,173 $96,220
26 Leschi 4,466 $658,600 $111,087
27 Olympic Manor 2,278 $685,967 $103,313
28 West Seattle 27,055 $505,822 $89,963
29 Eastlake 3,806 $555,300 $75,217
30 Fremont 12,472 $533,092 $81,943
31 Madison Valley 1,789 $527,975 $123,390
32 North Beach 2,193 $605,300 $99,843
33 Capitol Hill 37,489 $526,860 $85,656
34 Broadview 8,547 $494,800 $85,064
35 Sunset Hill 6,216 $575,288 $93,572
36 Maple Leaf 11,681 $497,731 $89,121
37 Ballard 16,713 $522,193 $88,479
38 Lower Queen Anne 11,479 $447,030 $79,278
39 Pioneer Square 582 $574,033 $82,597
40 Westlake 3,905 $363,800 $94,208
41 Roosevelt 3,138 $549,275 $78,093
42 Victory Heights 5,254 $375,186 $66,984
43 Central District 16,895 $434,618 $69,524
44 Downtown 12,264 $474,229 $70,330
45 Meadowbrook 3,644 $429,440 $79,570
46 First Hill 12,112 $369,892 $47,158
47 Alki 2,069 $616,283 $92,988
48 Crown Hill 2,877 $503,267 $89,372
49 Greenwood 16,734 $424,567 $81,641
50 Belltown 10,468 $298,940 $84,419
51 Seward Park 4,496 $509,056 $91,406
52 South Lake Union 6,331 $372,100 $88,097
53 Bitter Lake 8,798 $364,800 $55,490
54 Cedar Park 5,660 $425,214 $73,451
55 Pinehurst 5,879 $399,283 $64,376
56 Mount Baker 8,739 $484,690 $84,194
57 Highland Park 7,492 $306,962 $53,914
58 Industrial District 2,705 $449,162 $89,424
59 Interbay 4,239 $524,950 $81,117
60 Brighton 8,225 $347,062 $48,031
61 Columbia City 9,450 $362,455 $58,398
62 Beacon Hill 35,035 $359,223 $60,130
63 North College Park 7,494 $354,178 $72,782
64 High Point 7,820 $331,500 $60,140
65 International District 6,222 $275,700 $31,574
66 Haller Lake 8,563 $362,689 $66,470
67 Atlantic 5,133 $409,783 $66,899
68 Olympic Hills 8,347 $313,800 $61,322
69 Riverview 3,508 $335,700 $76,727
70 University District 26,977 $298,214 $51,109
71 Rainier Beach 15,358 $334,780 $61,016
72 Northgate 4,283 $363,225 $55,515
73 South Delridge 6,231 $280,467 $52,981
74 North Delridge 4,280 $352,340 $73,541
75 Sand Point 703 $396,900 $66,250
76 Roxhill 5,249 $324,975 $63,066
77 Georgetown 2,000 $314,817 $64,669
78 South Park 3,549 $193,200 $37,624

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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