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Seattle, WA

Seattle is strongly liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides
708,823
Seattle Population7
$
70,177
Median Income6
4.4
%
Unemployment Rate20
 

City Score

 

Population

Unlike most cities in the United States where the median age increased by an average of 1.0 years since 2010, the median age of Seattle decreased by 0.8 years even though the fastest growing segment, 65- to 74-year olds, grew by 72%

Age

35.5
Median Age7
19.1
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Seattle residents are mostly white and the city is slowly becoming less diverse as the white community has grown by 8.9% since 2010, while the Asian community, 2nd largest in the city, has grown by 30.7%

Race

69.1
%
Washington Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Seattle is humid and rainy, but rarely hot or cold. The temperature drops to 32°F or below 32 days per year with almost no days above 90°F, but 156 days where there is at least some rain and an average humidity of 73%

Weather

43
%
Chance of Rain12
45
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature44

 

Housing

The average home value in Seattle increased by 82% since 2010 which is 39% higher than the national average and 18% higher than the state average

Rent

$
2,600
Monthly Average13
44
%
Renters45

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Seattle is a very low tax location with no state or local income tax and property tax 9% lower than the national average, but sales tax 47% higher than the national average.

Other

1.01
%
Property Tax24
10.1
%
Sales Tax22
0.0
%
Vehicle Tax24

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)46

 

Employment

Seattle has a very high employment rate of 96% which is 2% higher than the national average. The largest employers are Amazon and Starbucks

Income

7.1
%
<$25,0006
31.9
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry20

 

Politics

Seattle is strongly liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides

2016 Presidential Election Results48

Representatives

Mayor31 Jenny Durkan
Democratic
House of Representative31 Pramila Jayapal
Democratic
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Swedish Issaquah, is 12.5 miles from the center of Seattle, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, VA Puget Sound Health Care System - Seattle Division, is 0.0 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/University of Washington Medical Center, is 28.8 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical32 Yes
Decriminalized32 Yes
 

Safety

In Washington, 32.1% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a significant decrease from 2000 when 40.2% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

Yes
Universal Background Checks33
No
Permit to Purchase Law33

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#15 2020 Best Cities to Live by Niche34
#55 2020 Best Cities to Retire by U.S. News & World Report35
#84 2020 Best Cities to Retire by Niche36
#19 2020 Best Cities for Families by Niche37
#9 2019 Best Cities to Live by U.S. News & World Report38
#64 2019 Best Cities to Retire by WalletHub39
#21 2019 Best Cities for Healthcare by healthgrades40
 

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