We all know that Seattle has a lot to offer. From the stunning nature of the Pacific Northwest to famous landmarks like the Space Needle. It’s a diverse city abundant in parks, culture, and coffee shops while the state of Washington itself is home to a booming job market and some of the best educational institutes. But it can be tough to decide which neighborhood to call home.

And now, a new ranking has come out with a hand-picked list of the best places to live in Seattle for quality of life. According to the moving concierge service MovingWaldo, the ranking is based on overall safety, affordability, and quality of life. Let’s check it out.

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North Admiral

Topping the list is North Admiral, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Seattle. This spot is a quick and easy 18-minute drive to downtown OR a 15-minute ferry boat ride that only costs $1. While the average home price in this area hovers at a daunting $1,060,187 the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment is about $1,895. It’s a great area for young couples who want easy access to downtown amenities while enjoying the perks of living in a safe and established neighborhood.


Coming in second place is Wallingford. This residential neighborhood sits just north of Lake Union and is only a 7-minute drive to the University of Washington campus, making it great for students or faculty! The average home price sits just under $1 million, while the typical rent for a 1-bedroom is $2,250. While pricer than North Admiral, Wallingford offers panoramic views of the city and quick access to the Burke-Gilman Trail all while remaining a short 18-minute drive from Downtown Seattle.

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Madison Park

This area in Seattle is perfect for those with pets! Madison Park is surrounded by abundant green spaces like Washington Park Arboretum, Broadmoor Golf Club, the Foster Point trail, and Lake Washington along with lots of dedicated dog parks. Perfect for long walks with your pup! While home prices are pretty high in this area, the average rent for a 1-bedroom sits at $2,385. The low crime rate combined with reputable schools and lots of space to play makes this neighborhood a great spot for young families.


Ballard is a trendy neighborhood located in the northwestern area of Seattle. This spot has cheaper rent, with the average 1-bedroom renting at $1,850 per month, and there’s lots to do nearby! The area is extremely walkable with a Sunday farmers market and plenty of eateries, coffee shops, and parks. Ballard is especially lovely in the summertime when you’ll find lots of outdoor patios and dining options to kick back and enjoy the good weather


This neighborhood is about the closest you can get to downtown without being right in the thick of it. Rent in Belltown is an average of $2,400 a month for a 1-bedroom apartment, but you’re only a 5-minute drive from downtown! This area is packed with towering high-rise condos, trendy dining spots, and the beloved Pike Place Market providing locally made specialty foods. If you prefer to cycle, walk, or transit rather than drive – this is the perfect neighborhood for you!


Bording Lake Washington, Madrona is a residential neighborhood known for green spaces, good schools, and a peaceful environment. This place is great for growing families and those seeking an upscale lifestyle. With the average 1-bedroom rent at $2,000 a month, it’s a bit more costly that other places on this list, but it makes up for it with a gorgeous setting that’s home to local libraries, an annual Mayfair, and it’s very own Madrona Beach for unwinding on summer days!

Arbor Heights

If you’re looking for city amenities, but prefer being just outside the city centre, then you’ve got to check out Arbor Heights. This neighborhood in West Seattle has fantastic views of the city and its very own ‘downtown’ strip known as White Center. Head there to find delicious dining options, trendy bars, and sunny patios in the summer. The area is home to stunning green spaces like Lincoln Park as well as community events to connect with your friends and neighbours. While the typical rent for a 1-bedroom rings in at $2,950, the average home sells for $725,000 as of December 2023. So, if Arbor Heights is the place for you, homeownership might be within your reach!

If you’re thinking of switching to a more affordable place, or are moving to Seattle from somewhere else, be sure to add these neighborhoods to your search. You might just find your perfect, home-sweet-home!