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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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73 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 very bikeable.

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

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1 Downtown 99 100 76 5,059
2 Pioneer Square 98 100 80 4,159
3 First Hill 97 99 77 9,294
4 Belltown 97 99 77 14,163
5 International District 97 100 82 3,396
6 Yesler Terrace 94 100 76 4,126
7 Lower Queen Anne 92 72 67 10,241
8 South Lake Union 92 89 80 4,054
9 Capitol Hill 91 81 85 29,310
10 University District 91 78 85 26,712
11 Central District 88 73 90 12,874
12 Ballard 87 54 90 17,010
13 Greenwood 85 55 79 16,190
14 Fremont 84 64 80 11,994
15 Columbia City 84 62 56 6,648
16 Hillman City 84 55 58 4,482
17 Wallingford 83 63 87 15,830
18 West Queen Anne 82 61 58 6,288
19 Green Lake 81 55 87 8,565
20 Genesee 81 51 57 6,070
21 Roosevelt 81 57 87 6,401
22 East Queen Anne 81 70 69 8,577
23 Madison Valley 81 58 73 3,677
24 Whittier Heights 80 52 79 4,855
25 Atlantic 80 72 84 6,449
26 Phinney Ridge 79 51 77 9,497
27 Madrona 78 54 77 3,855
28 Loyal Heights 78 49 81 7,957
29 Fairmount Park 77 53 63 5,956
30 Ravenna 77 58 78 11,486
31 Crown Hill 76 54 69 4,454
32 Westlake 75 74 74 1,876
33 Mount Baker 75 63 68 7,430
34 Dunlap 74 57 65 5,772
35 Brighton 74 62 73 7,492
36 Eastlake 74 59 78 4,426
37 Holly Park 72 61 70 4,783
38 Bryant 72 54 83 5,218
39 Pinehurst 72 55 73 7,811
40 North Beacon Hill 72 75 77 11,513
41 Leschi 72 57 69 5,303
42 North College Park 71 61 71 6,682
43 Wedgewood 70 48 80 7,881
44 North Queen Anne 70 63 63 10,630
45 Olympic Hills 70 54 70 8,063
46 Georgetown 69 48 81 1,280
47 Cedar Heights 69 55 63 5,298
48 Portage Bay 68 76 78 1,397
49 Bitter Lake 68 52 78 7,853
50 North Admiral 68 43 65 11,729
51 Maple Leaf 68 60 75 9,404
52 Roxhill 68 52 56 4,114
53 Madison Park 68 37 60 4,842
54 South Delridge 68 55 63 6,481
55 Victory Heights 67 56 59 5,077
56 Montlake 67 63 78 4,610
57 Seaview 66 48 53 4,630
58 Industrial District 66 79 75 529
59 Gatewood 65 48 53 6,337
60 Southeast Magnolia 65 44 69 4,891
61 Mid-Beacon Hill 63 57 65 13,127
62 Lawton Park 61 43 59 8,540
63 South Park 59 40 58 3,976
64 Seward Park 58 42 61 6,493
65 Haller Lake 57 52 63 8,040
66 Denny Blaine 56 47 63 921
67 High Point 55 49 56 6,849
68 Laurelhurst 54 50 49 4,554
69 Meadowbrook 54 51 51 3,320
70 Sunset Hill 54 39 77 5,412
71 Alki 52 35 53 6,644
72 North Delridge 50 54 61 3,596
73 Briarcliff 50 34 47 5,081
74 Rainier Beach 50 48 38 6,533
75 Interbay 49 50 73 1,599
76 South Beacon Hill 49 60 45 5,141
77 Highland Park 48 47 45 6,063
78 Fauntleroy 47 46 30 5,200
79 Windermere 46 48 59 4,635
80 Broadview 45 46 46 8,011
81 Riverview 42 45 57 3,861
82 View Ridge 42 46 67 5,246
83 North Beach-Blue Ridge 40 44 44 5,125
84 Arbor Heights 39 43 28 5,056
85 Matthews Beach 38 44 53 6,225
86 Rainier View 23 42 20 4,081

Average Home Features

According to HomeAdvisor Data, these characteristics make up the average home in Seattle

Average square footage 2200
Homeowners have 3.3 bedrooms
Homeowners have 2.3 bathrooms
Age of home 39 years
Average time living in home 12 years

Check out HomeAdvisor’s Seattle Home Happiness Survey.

Eating & Drinking

There are about 3,503 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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Golden Gardens Boat Ramp

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Beth's Cafe Restaurant

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on Seattle Public Library

60 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 220 bus, 4 light rail and 3 ferry lines.

Transit Time

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

Neighborhood Guides

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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).

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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

70 Bike Score of Seattle, WA

Seattle is Very Bikeable

Biking is convenient for most trips.


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What's It Like to Live in Seattle?

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Capitol Hill

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International District

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Gas Works Park

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Westlake Park


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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The Center for Wooden Boats

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Landmark Egyptian

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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Dave Peck
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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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Georgetown Trailer Park Mall

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Meridian Park

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Pike Place Market

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Dragons on Lampposts

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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Lake Union Park

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Lake Union Park

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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