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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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Seattle Central Library

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Golden Gardens 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, Pioneer Square and Belltown.

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1 Downtown 98 100 67 5,059
2 Pioneer Square 98 100 62 4,159
3 Belltown 98 98 77 14,163
4 First Hill 97 98 74 9,294
5 International District 97 100 69 3,396
6 Yesler Terrace 94 98 72 4,126
7 South Lake Union 92 86 72 4,054
8 Lower Queen Anne 92 69 56 10,241
9 University District 91 71 85 26,712
10 Capitol Hill 91 73 69 29,310
11 Central District 89 67 80 12,874
12 Ballard 88 51 80 17,010
13 Fremont 85 58 77 11,994
14 Wallingford 84 59 81 15,830
15 Greenwood 84 52 72 16,190
16 Columbia City 83 59 55 6,648
17 Whittier Heights 82 49 71 4,855
18 Atlantic 82 67 81 6,449
19 Hillman City 82 54 53 4,482
20 West Queen Anne 81 58 50 6,288
21 Roosevelt 81 54 78 6,401
22 Madison Valley 81 57 57 3,677
23 East Queen Anne 81 67 57 8,577
24 Green Lake 80 53 84 8,565
25 Madrona 80 53 66 3,855
26 Westlake 80 71 61 1,876
27 Phinney Ridge 79 48 76 9,497
28 Genesee 78 50 49 6,070
29 Ravenna 77 53 74 11,486
30 Fairmount Park 76 51 54 5,956
31 Bryant 76 46 80 5,218
32 Crown Hill 75 51 60 4,454
33 Loyal Heights 75 47 72 7,957
34 Mount Baker 74 59 61 7,430
35 Dunlap 74 57 66 5,772
36 North Queen Anne 73 59 61 10,630
37 Pinehurst 73 51 56 7,811
38 Brighton 72 60 61 7,492
39 Leschi 72 53 70 5,303
40 Eastlake 72 59 64 4,426
41 North Beacon Hill 72 71 72 11,513
42 Olympic Hills 72 49 61 8,063
43 Maple Leaf 71 57 62 9,404
44 North College Park 70 58 63 6,682
45 Roxhill 69 51 52 4,114
46 Holly Park 68 59 71 4,783
47 Georgetown 68 46 63 1,280
48 Wedgewood 68 43 70 7,881
49 Cedar Heights 68 51 58 5,298
50 Bitter Lake 68 48 66 7,853
51 South Delridge 67 53 51 6,481
52 Portage Bay 67 69 64 1,397
53 Gatewood 67 47 47 6,337
54 North Admiral 67 42 53 11,729
55 Victory Heights 67 52 59 5,077
56 Industrial District 66 77 67 529
57 Madison Park 66 35 59 4,842
58 Seaview 66 47 47 4,630
59 Montlake 64 62 59 4,610
60 Southeast Magnolia 63 42 53 4,891
61 Mid-Beacon Hill 63 54 56 13,127
62 South Park 62 37 62 3,976
63 Lawton Park 60 41 49 8,540
64 Sunset Hill 59 40 70 5,412
65 Denny Blaine 58 45 51 921
66 Seward Park 58 41 49 6,493
67 Laurelhurst 56 42 62 4,554
68 High Point 56 47 47 6,849
69 Haller Lake 54 48 51 8,040
70 Alki 53 34 43 6,644
71 Briarcliff 52 33 36 5,081
72 Meadowbrook 51 46 54 3,320
73 Highland Park 51 45 45 6,063
74 North Delridge 50 51 53 3,596
75 Interbay 49 47 61 1,599
76 Rainier Beach 47 48 36 6,533
77 South Beacon Hill 44 58 44 5,141
78 Fauntleroy 44 45 30 5,200
79 Broadview 43 43 40 8,011
80 Windermere 42 42 60 4,635
81 View Ridge 41 41 60 5,246
82 North Beach-Blue Ridge 39 43 37 5,125
83 Riverview 39 43 52 3,861
84 Matthews Beach 37 38 52 6,225
85 Arbor Heights 35 41 26 5,056
86 Rainier View 19 40 20 4,081

Eating & Drinking

There are about 3,786 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Seattle.

People in Seattle can walk to an average of 3 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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Golden Gardens Boat Ramp

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Tower Building

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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

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 195 bus, 4 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.

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Pike Place Market Gum Wall

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Olympic Sculpture Park

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Gas Works Park

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).

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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

Bike Score of Seattle, WA

Seattle is Bikeable

Some bike infrastructure.


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Crime in Seattle

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Each year in Seattle, 8 violent crimes and 62 property crimes occur per 1,000 people.

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What's It Like to Live in Seattle?

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Pike Place Market Gum Wall

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Olympic Sculpture Park

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Cal Anderson Park

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Capitol Hill


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 retailers like Nordstrom 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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International District

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Gas Works Park

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.

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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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Westlake Park

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The Center for Wooden Boats

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Landmark Egyptian

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Georgetown Trailer Park Mall

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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Meridian Park

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Pike Place Market

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Kelley B.
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