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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.

Seattle Apartments for Rent

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

Seattle Neighborhoods

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Population

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

Eating & Drinking

There are about 3,270 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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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.

Kelley B.

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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

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Bike Score of Seattle, WA

Seattle is Bikeable

Some bike infrastructure.

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Bike sharing is available from Pronto.

Crime in Seattle

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Each year in Seattle, 8 violent crimes and 60 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 crime maps or type an address to see the Crime Grade for that location.

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

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 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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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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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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Kelley B.
on Pike Place Market Gum Wall

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Meridian Park

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Pike Place Market

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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