Seattle’s renters already have a vague ballpark of the city’s housing costs: They’re high. But in a big, growing city, how much does it vary by neighborhood? Which neighborhoods are the least attainable—and which ones approach affordability?
Zumper analyzed data from April of this year and found how much median one-bedroom rent varies by neighborhood. While by their calculations median one-bedroom rent is $1,850 citywide, by neighborhood that can swing from just under $1,000 to nearly $2,200.
The area around Pike Place Market takes top honors: Median rent for one-bedroom apartments there, with their central location and sweeping waterfront views, is $2,815. The rest of Downtown proper—the Central Business District—is about the same, at $2,175.
Belltown, the home of cheap housing and grunge 20 years ago, is also toward the top of the list, at $2,075.
As for the cheapest: It’s all relative, and the whole picture is indicative of a city that’s pricing out its poorest residents. A study earlier this year found that renters in Northeast Seattle and the Rainier Valley—which contain the neighborhoods with the cheapest rent on this list—are the most cost-burdened by their rent.
South Beacon Hill, Rainier Beach, Holly Park (developed as a mixed-income community), and the Riverview area in the north half of Delridge made up the cheapest rent in the southend, from $850 to $1100 for a one-bedroom.
To the north, even the cheapest rent is a little more expensive, from $1,295 in Matthews Beach (north of View Ridge) to $1,350 in Bitter Lake.
Notoriously pricey neighborhoods still come in high, but just under the median: West Capitol Hill is priced at $1,740 a month, and East Capitol Hill a smidge higher at $1,790.
See how your neighborhood stacks up in Zumper’s interactive map below.