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Living in Seattle

Seattle is rapidly becoming a world-class walkable city. SoundTransit’s new light rail line connects the city and to the airport. People are relocating to Seattle for jobs at companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Starbucks.

Seattle is ringed by the Olympic and Cascade mountains and surrounded by Lake Washington and Puget Sound. Seattle neighborhood architecture ranges from single family homes in Wallingford to high-rise downtown apartments.

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Walk Score of Seattle, WA

Seattle is Very Walkable

Most errands can be accomplished on foot.

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Olympic Sculpture Park

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Cal Anderson Park

Seattle is the 8th most walkable large city in the US with 608,660 residents.

Seattle has good public transportation and is somewhat bikeable.

Find apartments in Seattle's most walkable neighborhoods: Downtown, Denny Triangle and Pioneer Square.

Seattle Apartments for Rent

View all Seattle apartments on a map. The average rent is $1,805 and the average home price is $463,880.

Rental info for The Shelby in the Seattle area
from $1,250
Studio
Walk Score 98
Rental info for Post Alley Court in the Seattle area
from $1,110
1 bed
Walk Score 100
Rental info for AVA Queen Anne in the Seattle area
from $1,435
Studio
Walk Score 89
Rental info for The Gilbert House in the Seattle area
from $1,745
Studio
Walk Score 94
Rental info for 2900 on First Apartments in the Seattle area
from $1,249
Studio
Walk Score 88
Rental info for Inglenook Court Apartments in the Seattle area
from $1,178
1 bed
Walk Score 49
Rental info for Taylor 28 in the Seattle area
from $1,344
Studio
Walk Score 98
Rental info for The Bernard in the Seattle area
from $1,738
1 bed
Walk Score 91

To view Seattle homes for sale sorted by Walk Score, visit Trulia.com.

Seattle Neighborhoods

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Population

1 Downtown 98 100 66 7,675
2 Denny Triangle 98 100 86 3,402
3 Pioneer Square 97 100 76 1,190
4 First Hill 97 97 76 11,336
5 South Lake Union 97 98 86 1,388
6 International District 96 100 69 3,230
7 Belltown 96 97 79 10,538
8 Cascade 95 91 83 2,046
9 Waterfront 94 97 69 541
10 Yesler Terrace 94 99 69 1,886
11 Ballard 91 51 75 8,147
12 Central 91 65 80 3,821
13 Uptown 91 73 67 4,312
14 University District 91 70 86 26,501
15 Lower Queen Anne 90 69 52 5,438
16 Capitol Hill 90 75 82 29,347
17 Minor 89 76 88 7,832
18 Roosevelt 89 59 89 2,529
19 Northgate 85 58 71 3,382
20 Garfield 84 61 91 2,116
21 East Ballard 84 53 74 6,879
22 Greenwood 83 52 69 15,953
23 Madison Valley 82 56 62 4,367
24 Whittier Heights 82 50 71 4,946
25 Wallingford 82 59 82 15,788
26 Fremont 82 58 78 11,667
27 Madrona 81 54 64 3,676
28 Judkins Park 80 64 87 3,305
29 Jackson Place 80 74 76 1,155
30 Columbia City 80 58 54 7,573
31 East Queen Anne 80 67 63 7,472
32 Phinney Ridge 80 48 72 9,564
33 Hillman City 79 54 53 3,659
34 Westlake 78 69 70 3,182
35 Atlantic 78 67 82 1,026
36 West Queen Anne 77 59 51 6,446
37 Green Lake 77 53 77 8,635
38 Ravenna 75 54 71 10,510
39 Junction 75 50 52 5,868
40 Bryant 75 47 75 5,199
41 Crown Hill 74 52 65 3,042
42 Fairmount Park 73 52 59 5,170
43 Loyal Heights 72 47 73 7,997
44 North College Park 72 57 62 6,654
45 Genesee 72 55 61 3,517
46 Dunlap 71 57 66 5,782
47 North Queen Anne 69 60 63 10,440
48 Maple Leaf 69 56 65 10,951
49 Brighton 69 60 56 7,448
50 Leschi 69 55 72 5,311
51 North Beacon Hill 69 70 70 11,311
52 Cedar Park 68 50 61 5,303
53 Eastlake 68 62 70 5,039
54 Mt. Baker 66 61 66 4,203
55 Madison Park 66 35 58 3,773
56 Admiral 66 43 54 11,276
57 Wedgwood 66 46 67 10,434
58 Pinehurst 66 51 57 5,374
59 Holly Park 65 60 72 4,611
60 South Delridge 65 52 54 6,226
61 Olympic Hills 64 46 56 8,002
62 Roxhill 63 51 55 4,230
63 Victory Heights 63 53 60 5,313
64 Bitter Lake 63 49 63 7,747
65 Sunset Hill 63 43 77 6,745
66 Denny - Blaine 62 49 46 831
67 Lakewood 62 39 54 2,857
68 Interbay 60 52 61 2,095
69 Seaview 60 47 49 4,520
70 South Park 59 37 68 3,760
71 Montlake 59 62 69 4,321
72 Beacon Hill 59 56 57 13,486
73 Georgetown 58 47 72 1,309
74 Gatewood 57 47 53 6,549
75 Industrial District 57 60 63 516
76 Portage Bay 57 68 77 1,366
77 Olympic Manor 56 49 52 2,330
78 Meadowbrook 56 47 56 3,363
79 Magnolia 55 40 49 18,207
80 North Delridge 55 51 47 4,229
81 Haller Lake 54 50 55 8,126
82 Hawthorne Hills 54 43 64 1,763
83 High Point 53 47 44 6,581
84 Highland Park 51 45 47 6,219
85 Alki 50 36 41 7,086
86 Laurelhurst 50 43 58 4,885
87 Seward Park 48 47 42 3,042
88 Fauntleroy 44 46 33 4,854
89 View Ridge 43 41 57 5,109
90 South Beacon Hill 40 59 52 5,135
91 Rainier Beach 40 48 38 6,714
92 Broadview 39 45 40 8,086
93 Matthews Beach 38 41 52 6,169
94 Broadmoor 37 46 55 799
95 Riverview 36 43 49 4,117
96 Blue Ridge 35 45 30 2,009
97 North Beach 34 43 42 2,456
98 Windermere 33 40 54 2,542
99 Arbor Heights 29 42 24 5,428
100 Rainier View 17 40 19 3,676

Eating & Drinking

There are about 3,370 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Seattle.

People in Seattle can walk to an average of 2 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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Beth's Cafe

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Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria - Stone Way

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thumbnail for Seattle Central LibraryThe curtain wall at the downtown SPL was engineered specifically for this unique building by Rem Koolhaas | OMA. The perforated sheet metal creates static louvers that allow light in from some angles and not others to keep heating and cooling the building efficient. I highly recommend a tour of this fascinating building! #architecture #architectural-tour #donotmiss

Mahalie
on Seattle Central Library

Transit Score of Seattle, WA

Seattle has Good Transit

Many nearby public transportation options. Find Seattle apartments for rent near public transit.

Public Transit Routes

Seattle has good public transportation and about 150 bus, 2 light rail and 10 ferry lines.

Transit Time

The map above shows how far you can travel in 30 minutes from Seattle on public transit.

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Seattle has about 158 car shares from RelayRides and Zipcar.

Neighborhood Guides

Thinking of renting an apartment or buying in Seattle? Ask our neighborhood guides a question.

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Olympic Sculpture Park

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Gas Works Park

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New Botany Greenhouse

Eric Aderhold

I live in the Phinney Ridge/Whittier Heights region of Seattle, and spend a fair amount of time walking around nearby neighborhoods (like Ballard, Fremont, and Greenwood).

Ask Eric about Seattle

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6th Ave NW Pocket Park

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Naked City Brewery & Taphouse

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Naked City Brewery & Taphouse

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Bike Score of Seattle, WA

Seattle is Bikeable

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Crime in Seattle

Each year in Seattle, 9 violent crimes and 52 property crimes occur per 1,000 people.

Use our crime maps to find an apartment for rent in a safe Seattle neighborhood.

Pick a neighborhood to see detailed crime maps and compare locations in Seattle.

What's It Like to Live in Seattle?

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Cal Anderson Park

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Walk Score

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International District

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Gas Works Park

Overview

Seattle is evolving into a world-class walkable city. SoundTransit’s light rail line connects the city to the airport and express bus lines mean that that the neighborhoods are increasingly attractive for those working downtown or in Bellevue and Redmond.

Seattle’s bigger employers are tech companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google, but the region is also home to coffee giant Starbucks, dozens of smaller forward thinking interactive design shops, and a handful of companies who make top notch outdoor gear. It’s not all tech and coffee, there are offices in Seattle for retailer Nordstrom, online real estate agencies Zillow and RedFin, and Brooks running shoes.

Seattle has been called the Jet City – it’s the birthplace of Boeing, The Emerald City – it’s green, alright, and The Rain City because, yes, it does rain. That doesn’t keep Seattle residents from getting outside. The Olympic Range sits across Puget Sound to the West and the Cascades, where there’s winter skiing, are on the sunrise side to the east. There’s water everywhere, from park lined Puget Sound to the two city lakes, Lake Washington and smaller Lake Union in the heart of the city.

Seattle is an educated, bookish place, with about 60% of the population holding college degrees. It’s repeatedly ranked in top ten lists for literacy. Even though Amazon is here, there’s a thriving independent bookstore scene led by the Elliot Bay Bookstore. The spectacular new downtown library made international design news and dozens of famous writers hail from the Pacific Northwest.

Once you see the city when the Mountain (that’s Mt. Rainier) is out, you’ll get a full picture of why 600,000 people choose to call Seattle home. It’s got easy proximity to nature, interesting, livable neighborhoods, and a range of employment possibilities. There’s a remarkable array of culture and art – including a still very much alive music scene – and the weather, while it does live up to its bad reputation, doesn’t keep the residents from making the most of what’s here. Seattle has a vocal, politically active population that’s singularly focused on keeping the city pedestrian, bicycle, and transit friendly, even while it grows.

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Westlake Park

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The Center for Wooden Boats

Getting Around

This is a hilly city, but it supports a community of committed cyclists who have strong legs and own rain gear. There’s a continually expanding network of bike trails. Seattle is betting on bikes by adding the Puget Sound Bike Share program in 2014 and by stocking the program with 7 gear cycles rather than the 3 gear bikes that flatter cities provide. Metro buses have bike racks, though you may find it’s easier to leave the bike locked up at the bus stop during the summer on popular routes than it is to wait for a bus with an empty slot. This is especially true at the Montake commuter stop across the 520 bridge where the express buses stop before heading to Microsoft.

Car sharing is popular in this walkable city too, there’s Car2Go and ZipCar. Because Seattle has so many transportation options, a car-free life in Seattle is very possible, though lots of Seattleites choose to own a vehicle to get access to the great natural playground and national parks that make the Pacific Northwest such an attractive place to live.

While the city has easy access to wild nature, there are also dozens of urban parks that take advantage of the Northwest ecosystem. Discovery Park in Magnolia has miles of trails on the bluffs and along the Puget Sound waterfront. From the water tower in Volunteer Park, you can look West to the Olympics or East to see the downtown Bellevue skyline. Seward Park to the south has views of Mt Rainier – a handful of rowing clubs have their boathouses on Lake Washington just north of Seward Park. The Olympic Sculpture Park opened in 2007 and while it’s a showcase for modern art, the views highlight the region’s natural beauty.

thumbnail for Golden Gardens ParkHell yes, Seattle.

Dave Peck
on Golden Gardens Park

Neighborhoods

Seattle’s neighborhoods all have distinctive character. Downtown is increasingly livable with the construction of new highrise apartment blocks. Resident have historically done their shopping at the world famous Pike Place Market, but there’s now a regular supermarket and a Target, addressing the practical needs of those who chose the heart of the city as their home. At one end, Pioneer Square has cool lofts in restored brick buildings and at the other end, there’s Belltown and the Waterfront where there’s the latest in luxury apartments with fitness centers and roof gardens and fitness facilities for the residents.

Jackson Street used to draw a line between Seattle’s Chinese and Japanese neighborhoods; now the whole area is referred to as the International District. When the line is completed, the First Hill Streetcar will run right down the middle of Jackson, bordered by Asian supermarkets and restaurants that include Vietnamese, Cambodian, Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, and more. Keep going east to the Central District, and the menu shifts to Ethiopian and Soul food.

Capitol Hill is the city’s densest neighborhood, partly because it’s where you’ll find the easiest commute to the East Side. Housing comes in all shapes and sizes, there are new micro-housing complexes, gorgeously remodeled brick apartment buildings, and the occasional single family Craftsman style home. The once gritty Pike Pine corridor is developing into a hub for some of the city’s finest restaurants and bars. It’s an easy downhill walk from Capitol Hill to downtown, though you may want to take the bus on the uphill return trip.

The University District is by the University of Washington, home to a well respected medical school and the Husky football team. It’s got all the things you’d expect from a college neighborhood – cheap eats, funky second hand stores, great transit, and apartment buildings that rent to students who choose to live off campus. Just west of the U-District, there’s Wallingford where there are more single family homes on the tree lined streets. This is a great neighborhood for families with kids and the main avenues have supermarkets, restaurants, movie theaters… all the stuff you’d like to have walking distance from your front door.

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Landmark Egyptian

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Georgetown Trailer Park Mall

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Meridian Park

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Pike Place Market

Ballard, north and to the west of downtown, is evolving into Seattle’s new super hip neighborhood. Some Ballard commuters leave their cars at the Park and Ride lots near the freeway and use Metro to get to the East side – it’s an easy ride on the bus into downtown, though. Ballard has new townhomes and larger apartment blocks with supermarkets at the ground level, and it’s also home to some very nice parks – the Ballard Locks and Golden Gardens, where the beach is crowded when the weather is good.

Queen Anne is almost two neighborhoods. In Upper Queen Anne (made up of West, East, and North), there are boutique shops and cute cafes and while there are some great apartments, there are also grand old single family homes here with Victorian and Craftsman detailing. Lower Queen Anne wraps around Seattle Center, home to Chihuly Garden and Glass, the Experience Music Project, the Children’s Museum, and Seattle’s big music festivals, Bumbershoot and Folklife. There are lots of lower brick apartment blocks here, several supermarkets including one for more gourmet focused shoppers, and restaurants that range from pricy to pub. The Gates Foundation has its headquarters in lower Queen Anne, right across the street from Seattle’s iconic Space Needle.

West Seattle is its own small town in the city. The Elliot Bay Water Taxi runs from downtown to Alki Beach. An amusement park stood here nearly a century ago, now the waterfront strip has restaurants, cafes, and spectacular views of the downtown skyline. West Seattle’s small business districts receive loyal support from neighborhood locals and living close to an express bus line makes for a very short commute into the city.

Find Seattle apartments with views of the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound and Lake Union. Find a Queen Anne studio apartment with a view of the Space Needle, walk downtown Seattle from your one bedroom condo on Capitol Hill, or share a college home rental in the University District near the University of Washington. Families will love family friendly Seattle neighborhoods such as Ballard and Magnolia, and Seattle's east side in Bellevue.

45% of Seattle residents rent their homes in the Emerald City. Search Walk Score for Seattle apartments for rent by commute time, access to Seattle Metro Transit and proximity to the nearest Seattle Starbucks Coffee.

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Kelley B.
on Pike Place Market Gum Wall

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Golden Gardens Boat Ramp

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Dragons on Lampposts

thumbnail for Olympic Sculpture ParkAs you walk around this park, you will see a collection of beautiful steel sculptures that provoke your imagination and thought. #publicart Photo: ~C4Chaos

Kelley B.
on Olympic Sculpture Park

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