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Living Downtown

What makes living in Downtown Seattle so great?

A dynamic, diverse collection of 12 unique urban neighborhoods this city offers a high quality of life for its growing residential population. Downtown living is both accessible and attractive to the wide variety of people who call Seattle home.

The types of residents attracted to Downtown living are young urban professionals working Downtown, empty nesters, reverse commuters and, yes, even small families. A variety of living options are also available from penthouse apartments to cool and funky lofts– at all price points.

More than just a great location, Downtown is:

  • The region’s transportation hub, with buses, streetcars, the Link light rail to the Sea-Tac International airport and neighborhoods south, and easy freeway access, plus miles of bike lanes.
  • Only steps away from cultural institutions, sports facilities and world-class shopping and dining.
  • Home to 13 universities, colleges, graduate schools and trade schools, attended by 32,000 students.
  • Highly walkable, with a “walkability” score of 98 out of 100 on, compared to 77 percent citywide.
  • A magnet for those who thrive on outdoor recreation – from commuting by kayaking, to running along the waterfront, to bicycling along the many miles of bike lanes and paths, to the ski areas within 45 minutes.

Find more information about living Downtown in our State of Downtown Economic Profile.

*To learn more about the area you plan to or already live in, select a neighborhood area from our Street-Level Business Finder page to quickly find nearby businesses.