Seattle

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

2
250/265
Details
Large apartment$2600.00
Medium apartment$2100.00
Rent index [score]0.21
Small apartment$1600.00

Cost of Living

4
230/248
Details
5km taxi ride$8.30
A Cappuccino$4.80
A beer$2.50
A kilogram of Apples$4.60
Bread$2.50
Inflation [score]0.36
Lunch$16.00
Monthly fitness club membership$48.00
Monthly public transport$92.00
Movie ticket$12.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$80.88

Startups

8
19/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups25
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.74
Coworking spaces [score]0.76
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co151
Meetups [score]0.93
Meetups groups200
Meetups members227770
Number of investors1236
Number of startup events in the last 12 months3001
Number of upcoming meetup events196
Startup climate scene [score]0.82
Startup events376
Startup events [score]0.94
Startups [score]0.93
Total number of startups1721

Venture Capital

8
15/207
Details
Funding accelerator namesTechstars Seattle, 9Mile Labs, Microsoft Accelerator (Techstars)
Number of funding accelerators3
Venture capital [score]0.79

Travel Connectivity

3
138/265
Details
Airport hub95
Airport hub [score]0.45
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.11

Commute

4
176/254
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Seattle
Traffic handling [score]0.40

Business Freedom

9
69/263
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

6
206/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.60
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year9
Guns per 100 residents77
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.75
Lack of guns [score]0.58
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.67

Healthcare

6
175/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.28
Healthcare quality [score]0.87
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

6
37/239
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Washington
Best university ranking25
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)30
PISA ranking24
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.72
PISA reading (high school)16
PISA science (high school)19
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07
University quality [score]0.42

Environmental Quality

8
72/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.84
Cleanliness [score]0.66
Drinking water quality [score]0.83
Urban greenery [score]0.83

Economy

7
16/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area1.00
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.87

Taxation

5
118/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.39
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.10

Internet Access

6
139/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)40.84
Internet access (download) [score]0.65
Internet access (upload) [score]0.47
Upload speed (Mbps)10.57

Leisure & Culture

8
34/264
Details
Art galleries263
Art galleries [score]0.82
Cinemas162
Cinemas [score]0.79
Comedy clubs107
Comedy clubs [score]0.90
Concert venues251
Concerts [score]0.88
Historical sites135
Historical sites [score]0.80
Museums164
Museums [score]0.83
Performing art venues276
Performing arts [score]0.87
Sport venues132
Sports [score]0.91
Zoos57
Zoos [score]0.92

Tolerance

8
51/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index91.25
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.94
LGBT adoption rights✖ Single only
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.72

Outdoors

7
9/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.51
Median peak in meters1607.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)49.00
Water access [score]0.94
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Seattle are in the most expensive 10 percent of all 248 Teleport cities and the 10th most expensive in the United States. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Seattle will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$2,100$3,100
$2600
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$48
Movie ticket$12
Broadband internet connection$58
Monthly public transport$92
Lunch$16
-9%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Seattle are very high. For this job type, Seattle ranks 3rd for salaries among 265 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Seattle.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$103,827
Median salary
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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

14%
For annual salary of $40000
20%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

10%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

102/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

113/262
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Assault
Low
34/51
Theft
Moderate
30/49
Robbery
Low
18/41
Motor vehicle theft
High
22/24

Crime rate development in the last 7 months

Change in the last 7 months

  • Assault-43%
  • Robbery-50%
  • Theft-30%

Gun crimes & Ownership

76.69
Guns per 100 people
9.07
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts Seattle in position 132 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassies

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Los, Angeles, United States

120 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, United States

Phone: +1-310-288-8334,+1-310-288-8334

U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan

Great Massoud Road, Wazir Akbar Khan , Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone: (+93) 700-10-8001

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Explore Seattle’s neighborhoods

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Great for

  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Public Transport
  • Internet Access

Not Great for

  • Resale or Rental Value

Who lives here

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
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People in Seattle

Population of Seattle

3,807,300
438 /km²
202/264
Density (people per unit of area)
4%
Growth in 2015-2020
Seattle

Demographics of United States

Median age
38
Elderly people
15%
Life expectancy at birth
80
GDP per capita (in USD)
$54,597
12/262
Unemployment
5%
117/263

Languages

English proficiency score
100
1/228
Common spoken languages
English

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