Seattle Metro Area - Rankings and Statistics - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Population
    3,504,628
  • Population Density
    555 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    6,309 sq.mi.
  • Primary City
    Seattle, WA
The Seattle metro area is centered in Washington and has 3,504,628 residents. It has very high home values, high rent costs, and average unemployment levels. Its citizens generally have high education levels and high income levels.

Cities

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 Seattle 624,681
3.66 Tacoma 200,890
4.33 Bellevue 129,209
4.00 Kent 115,703
4.00 Everett 103,918
4.00 Renton 93,601
3.66 Federal Way 90,720
4.33 Kirkland 75,835
3.66 Auburn 71,846
3.66 Marysville 61,274
3.66 Lakewood 58,762
4.33 Redmond 55,505
4.33 Shoreline 53,791
4.00 South Hill 53,133
4.33 Sammamish 47,766
4.00 Burien 45,865
4.33 Edmonds 40,139
3.66 Puyallup 37,720
3.66 Parkland 36,696
4.00 Lynnwood 36,107
4.33 Bothell 34,220
4.33 Issaquah 31,607
3.66 University Place 31,507
3.66 Des Moines 30,139
3.66 Lake Stevens 28,710

Counties

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 King County 1,974,567
3.33 Pierce County 805,434
3.66 Snohomish County 724,627

Nearby Metro Areas

Niche Grade Name Population
3.66 Portland (OR) Metro Area 2,260,591
2.33 Boise Metro Area 628,966
3.33 Sacramento Metro Area 2,174,401
4.33 San Francisco Metro Area 4,402,729
4.00 San Jose Metro Area 1,868,323

Comparable Metro Areas

Niche Grade Name Population
3.66 Portland (OR) Metro Area 2,260,591
4.33 San Francisco Metro Area 4,402,729
3.33 Sacramento Metro Area 2,174,401
4.00 San Diego Metro Area 3,138,265
3.66 Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro Area 3,391,191

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
4.33 Bellevue School District 31
4.33 Mercer Island School District 5
4.33 Lake Washington School District 53
4.00 Issaquah School District 27
4.00 Shoreline School District 19
4.00 University Place School District 9
4.00 Seattle Public Schools 104
3.66 Tahoma School District 9
3.66 Northshore School District 35
3.66 Vashon Island School District 5
3.66 Mukilteo School District 21
3.66 Lake Stevens School District 12
3.33 Snohomish School District 19
3.33 Auburn School District 23
3.33 Kent School District 43
3.33 Steilacoom Historical School District 8
3.00 Riverview School District 9
3.33 Edmonds School District 40
3.33 Everett School District 32
3.00 Peninsula School District 15
3.00 Puyallup School District 39
3.00 Sumner School District 14
3.00 Tacoma School District 67
2.66 Lakewood School District 5

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 International School Public, Alternative 6-12 Middle, High
4.33 Interlake Senior High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Tyee Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 International Community School Public, Alternative 6-12 Middle, High
4.33 Spiritridge Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.33 Tillicum Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 Medina Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.33 Chinook Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 Odle Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 Clyde Hill Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.33 Somerset Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.33 Cherry Crest Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.33 Newport Heights Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.33 Enatai Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Island Park Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.33 Bennett Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.33 Newport Senior High School Public 9-12 High
4.00 Albert Einstein Elementary School Public K-6 Elementary
4.00 Islander Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.00 John Muir Elementary School Public K-6 Elementary
4.00 Lakeridge Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 West Mercer Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
Career Link High School Completion Program Public, Alternative 9-12 High
4.33 Highland Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 Puesta Del Sol Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 The Overlake School Private 5-12 Middle, High
Eastside Academy Private, Alternative, Religious 9-12 High
4.33 Annie Wright Schools Private, Boarding, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 The Bush School Private K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 The Bear Creek School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 Seattle Urban Academy Private, Alternative, Religious 9-12 High
4.00 The Northwest School Private, Boarding 6-12 Middle, High
4.00 Hillside Student Community School Private 5-12 Middle, High
4.33 Seattle Academy Private 6-12 Middle, High
4.00 University Prep Private 6-12 Middle, High
4.00 Holy Names Academy Private, Religious, All-Girls 9-12 High
Alta Vista School Private 7-12 Middle, High
4.00 West Sound Academy Private 6-12 Middle, High
4.00 Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart Private, Religious, All-Girls 5-12 Middle, High
Montessori School of Snohomish County Private, Montessori PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
2.66 Arlington Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
3.66 Shoreline Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
3.66 Bellevue Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
2.66 Christian Faith School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
3.00 John F. Kennedy Memorial High School Private, Religious 9-12 High
3.00 Rainier Christian Schools Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
University of Washington
Seattle University
Northwest University
Pacific Lutheran University
Seattle Pacific University
University of Puget Sound
Cornish College of the Arts
Saint Martin's University
University of Washington - Bothell
University of Washington - Tacoma
Evergreen State College
City University of Seattle
Trinity Lutheran College
Bellevue College
Green River Community College
Edmonds Community College
Olympic College
Tacoma Community College
Seattle Community College - Central
Highline Community College
Everett Community College
Shoreline Community College
Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom
South Puget Sound Community College
Skagit Valley College

Around Seattle

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

Seattle Metro Area United States Washington Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro Area Portland (OR) Metro Area Sacramento Metro Area San Diego Metro Area San Francisco Metro Area
White 67.43% 63.25% 71.92% 78.40% 75.94% 55.22% 47.98% 42.08%
Asian 11.53% 4.83% 7.26% 5.75% 5.81% 11.97% 10.92% 23.42%
Hispanic 9.15% 16.62% 11.49% 5.41% 11.00% 20.39% 32.35% 21.71%
African American 5.37% 12.23% 3.46% 7.17% 2.74% 6.86% 4.79% 7.86%
Multiracial 4.73% 2.05% 3.94% 2.51% 3.31% 4.07% 3.02% 3.64%
Pacific Islander 0.80% 0.16% 0.58% 0.04% 0.49% 0.72% 0.43% 0.71%
Native American 0.79% 0.66% 1.21% 0.57% 0.59% 0.52% 0.35% 0.24%
Other 0.19% 0.19% 0.15% 0.15% 0.13% 0.25% 0.16% 0.33%

Age

Seattle Metro Area United States Washington Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro Area Portland (OR) Metro Area Sacramento Metro Area San Diego Metro Area San Francisco Metro Area
9 years and under 13% 13% 13% 14% 13% 13% 13% 12%
10 to 17 years 10% 11% 10% 11% 10% 11% 10% 9%
18 to 24 years 9% 10% 10% 9% 9% 10% 12% 9%
25 to 34 years 15% 13% 14% 15% 15% 14% 15% 15%
35 to 44 years 15% 13% 13% 14% 15% 13% 13% 15%
45 to 54 years 15% 14% 14% 15% 14% 14% 14% 15%
55 to 64 years 12% 12% 13% 12% 13% 12% 11% 12%
65 and over 11% 13% 13% 11% 12% 13% 12% 13%

Education Levels

Seattle Metro Area United States Washington Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro Area Portland (OR) Metro Area Sacramento Metro Area San Diego Metro Area San Francisco Metro Area
Less than a high school diploma 8% 14% 10% 7% 9% 12% 15% 12%
High school diploma or equivalent 21% 28% 24% 23% 22% 21% 19% 17%
Some college or associate degree 32% 29% 35% 31% 34% 36% 32% 26%
Bachelor's degree 24% 18% 20% 26% 22% 20% 21% 27%
Master's degree or higher 14% 11% 11% 13% 13% 10% 13% 18%

Gender

Seattle Metro Area United States Washington Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro Area Portland (OR) Metro Area Sacramento Metro Area San Diego Metro Area San Francisco Metro Area
Male 49.8% 49.2% 49.9% 49.4% 49.4% 49.0% 50.2% 49.3%
Female 50.2% 50.8% 50.1% 50.6% 50.6% 51.0% 49.8% 50.7%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Seattle Metro Area United States Washington Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro Area Portland (OR) Metro Area Sacramento Metro Area San Diego Metro Area San Francisco Metro Area
Rent 39.4% 35.1% 36.8% 29.1% 38.7% 39.7% 46.2% 45.8%
Own 60.6% 64.9% 63.2% 70.9% 61.3% 60.3% 53.8% 54.2%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Seattle Metro Area United States Washington Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro Area Portland (OR) Metro Area Sacramento Metro Area San Diego Metro Area San Francisco Metro Area
Assault 196.3 278.9 195.9 159.2 183.1 259.8 226.6 249.2
Murder 2.3 5.0 2.4 2.8 1.7 4.2 2.4 5.5
Robbery 137.5 159.8 119.4 113.9 98.1 130.0 104.7 318.1

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Seattle Metro Area United States Washington Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro Area Portland (OR) Metro Area Sacramento Metro Area San Diego Metro Area San Francisco Metro Area
Burglary 900.0 573.5 902.2 490.2 521.8 652.6 447.7 737.3
Larceny 3113.9 2079.6 3150.0 2250.6 2655.4 1883.0 1480.2 2299.8
Motor vehicle theft 580.7 235.5 526.1 195.6 360.2 344.3 382.2 654.1

Income

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High Avg. Low
46°
35°
50°
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54°
37°
59°
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45°
70°
50°
76°
53°
77°
53°
71°
49°
60°
43°
50°
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45°
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Precipitation
6.8"
4.5"
4.9"
3.7"
3.0"
2.3"
1.1"
1.2"
2.1"
4.5"
7.9"
6.7"
Snowfall
2.1"
1.8"
0.8"
0.2"
0.0"
0.0"
0"
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0"
0.0"
1.3"
3.0"

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    Avg. High Avg. Low

  • 46°
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    34°
  • 54°
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    Precipitation

  • 6.8"
  • 4.5"
  • 4.9"
  • 3.7"
  • 3.0"
  • 2.3"
  • 1.1"
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  • 4.5"
  • 7.9"
  • 6.7"

    Snowfall

  • 2.1"
  • 1.8"
  • 0.8"
  • 0.2"
  • 0.0"
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  • 0"
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    Avg. Temps

  • 46°
    35°
  • 50°
    34°
  • 54°
    37°
  • 59°
    40°
  • 65°
    45°
  • 70°
    50°
  • 76°
    53°
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    53°
  • 71°
    49°
  • 60°
    43°
  • 50°
    38°
  • 45°
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    Precipitation

  • 6.8"
  • 4.5"
  • 4.9"
  • 3.7"
  • 3.0"
  • 2.3"
  • 1.1"
  • 1.2"
  • 2.1"
  • 4.5"
  • 7.9"
  • 6.7"

    Snowfall

  • 2.1"
  • 1.8"
  • 0.8"
  • 0.2"
  • 0.0"
  • 0.0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0.0"
  • 1.3"
  • 3.0"

Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 642 responses

  • 74% Yes
  • 16% Not sure
  • 10% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 760 responses

Getting worse
Getting better
  • Schools/education
  • Crime/safety
  • Employment/jobs
  • Home values
  • Local government
  • New residents moving in
  • New businesses/restaurants opening
  • Overall quality of life

How accepting are others who live in this area toward minorities (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?     Based on 315 responses

  • 43% Very accepting.
  • 49% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 7% The area is split on its acceptance, quite a few minority groups are not well accepted.
  • 1% Not accepting. It's hard to be a minority in this area.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 1081 responses

  • 27% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 56% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 16% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 1% Not safe. There is a lot of crime, and I regularly don't feel safe.

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 205 responses

  • 20% I love everything about it.
  • 67% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 13% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 0% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 224 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Performance venues
  • Professional sport venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Amusement parks
  • Parks and natural attractions
  • Historical landmarks/monuments