The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Seattle For 2022


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

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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 2022.

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 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/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 2022? 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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Best Neighborhoods In Seattle
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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Seattle

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 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

Portage Bay Seattle, WA

Population: 5,241
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $567,125 (24th best)
Median Income: $105,780 (17th best)
More on Bryant: Homes For Sale | Data

Bryant Seattle, WA

Population: 1,508
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $1,256,500 (best)
Median Income: $188,646 (best)
More on Broadmoor: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 10,900
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
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: 6 (No Change)
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: 7 (No Change)
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: 8 (No Change)
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: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $591,627 (20th best)
Median Income: $96,775 (24th best)
More on Ravenna: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 9,656
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $614,025 (16th best)
Median Income: $106,534 (16th best)
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Green Lake Seattle, WA

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Seattle, WA Neighborhoods In 2022

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.

Summary: 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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Best Neighborhoods To Live In Seattle For 2022 Detailed Data

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 Wallingford 16,333 $604,588 $93,826
12 Queen Anne 25,386 $635,135 $104,518
13 Windermere 1,616 $979,300 $127,762
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 Denny-Blaine 971 $994,350 $186,066
20 Arbor Heights 5,176 $459,550 $100,528
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 Admiral 12,607 $551,173 $96,220
25 Madison Park 1,773 $1,216,900 $168,926
26 Leschi 4,466 $658,600 $111,087
27 West Seattle 27,055 $505,822 $89,963
28 Olympic Manor 2,278 $685,967 $103,313
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 Westlake 3,905 $363,800 $94,208
40 Victory Heights 5,254 $375,186 $66,984
41 Roosevelt 3,138 $549,275 $78,093
42 Central District 16,895 $434,618 $69,524
43 Pioneer Square 582 $574,033 $82,597
44 Meadowbrook 3,644 $429,440 $79,570
45 First Hill 12,112 $369,892 $47,158
46 Crown Hill 2,877 $503,267 $89,372
47 Greenwood 16,734 $424,567 $81,641
48 Alki 2,069 $616,283 $92,988
49 Belltown 10,468 $298,940 $84,419
50 Seward Park 4,496 $509,056 $91,406
51 Downtown 12,264 $474,229 $70,330
52 Bitter Lake 8,798 $364,800 $55,490
53 South Lake Union 6,331 $372,100 $88,097
54 Pinehurst 5,879 $399,283 $64,376
55 Highland Park 7,492 $306,962 $53,914
56 Cedar Park 5,660 $425,214 $73,451
57 Mount Baker 8,739 $484,690 $84,194
58 Interbay 4,239 $524,950 $81,117
59 Brighton 8,225 $347,062 $48,031
60 Columbia City 9,450 $362,455 $58,398
61 Industrial District 2,705 $449,162 $89,424
62 Beacon Hill 35,035 $359,223 $60,130
63 High Point 7,820 $331,500 $60,140
64 North College Park 7,494 $354,178 $72,782
65 Haller Lake 8,563 $362,689 $66,470
66 Atlantic 5,133 $409,783 $66,899
67 International District 6,222 $275,700 $31,574
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 Sand Point 703 $396,900 $66,250
75 North Delridge 4,280 $352,340 $73,541
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

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Seattle.

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.

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