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Best Neighborhoods in Seattle + Where to Live

Let's help you figure out the best neighborhoods in Seattle for you.

You're trying to figure out where to live in Seattle, Washington — we're here to help. This area has many tightly-packed official neighborhood districts, each with its own interesting identity and feel. If you want to find an apartment that fits not only your needs but your style, the best tactic is to hunt for the right listing that’s in the right neighborhood.

So which of the neighborhoods of Seattle is the "nicest," which is the most affordable, which is the most trendy, and which are the best neighborhoods in Seattle for you or for your family? This Seattle neighborhood guide is designed to give you some usable info to help you find the best area for you.

And just one thing before we get started...

If you're looking for a weird (mostly useless) "Where should you live in Seattle?" quiz that asks you what your favorite drink is and then gives you a neighborhood recommendation, then you're in the wrong place!

This article is designed to give you the information and resources you need to determine which neighborhoods might be a good fit for your move to Seattle.

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South Lake Union in the Lake Union area

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Ideal for Young Professionals: The Fastest-Growing Neighborhood

Here's the South Lake Union neighborhood on the map.

And here's a street-level view of the South Lake Union neighborhood. Feel free to "walk" around!

Lower Queen Anne in Central Seattle

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An Uptown Retreat with the Best Views: Another Professionals’ Oasis

Want to get a feel for Queen Anne? Check out Queen Anne View, the official neighborhood blog.

Here's the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood on the map.

And here's a street-level view of the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood.

Ballard in North Seattle

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The Trendiest Neighborhood: A Hipster Paradise

Want to get a feel for Ballard? Check out My Ballard, a news site for the Ballard neighborhood.

Here's the Ballard neighborhood on the map.

And here's a street-level view of the Ballard neighborhood.

Fremont in North Seattle

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The Artsy Neighborhood: Living in a Bohemian Rhapsody

Want to get a feel for Fremont? Check out Fremont Universe, a local community website.

Here's the Fremont neighborhood on the map.

And here's a street-level view of the Fremont neighborhood.

Capitol Hill in Central Seattle

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The Heart of Seattle: A Foodie-, LGBTQ-, and Hipster-Friendly Neighborhood

Want to get a feel for Capitol Hill? Check out Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, a community news website.

Here's the Capitol Hill neighborhood on the map.

And here's a street-level view of the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Columbia City in Rainier Valley

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An Affordable, Fun Neighborhood: The Blending of Cultures

Want to get a feel for Columbia City? Check out Columbia Citizens, a community website.

Here's the Columbia City neighborhood on the map.

And here's a street-level view of the Columbia City neighborhood.

Belltown in Downtown Seattle

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Best for Public Transportation: Be in the Thick of It

Want to get a feel for Belltown? Check out MyBelltown, a community-managed news blog.

Here's the Belltown neighborhood on the map.

And here's a street-level view of the Belltown neighborhood.

Wallingford & Green Lake in North Seattle

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Right on the Water: The "Let’s Settle Down" Neighborhood

Want to get a feel for Wallingford? Check out My Wallingford, a blog about the neighborhood.

Want to get a feel for Green Lake? Check out Seattle Greenlaker.

Here's the Green Lake neighborhood on the map.

And here's a street-level view of the Green Lake neighborhood.

West Seattle

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Classy and Calm: The Most Family-Friendly Neighborhood

Want to get a feel for West Seattle? Check out West Seattle Blog, a 24/7 news website for the neighborhood.

Here's the West Seattle neighborhood on the map.

And here's a street-level view of the West Seattle neighborhood.

Of course, there are many more favorite neighborhoods to mention, like Eastlake, Leschi, and Pike’s Place, but these are, for a new renter moving into the city, what we think are the best neighborhoods. Seattle, WA, also has numerous suburbs that can be a great place to rent in and commute from, like Bellevue.

And if you just need to get acquainted with Seattle's neighborhoods and where they are on the map, check out this awesome resource.

Click below to explore Seattle's neighborhoods with this interactive map from Visit Seattle!

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