More Life in the Center City

Downtown Seattle has evolved into one of the most dynamic urban centers in the country. During the past decade, a robust job market, a beautiful natural environment and a vibrant shopping, arts, restaurant and cultural scenes attracted record numbers of new residents. While growth likely slowed in the second quarter of 2020 due to COVID-19 related factors, the downtown core is expected to remain an attractive place to live in the years to come. Today 13% of all Seattleites —  96,000 people — live in the center city.

Downtown Demographics

By the numbers:

  • More than 96,000 residents call downtown Seattle home.
  • More than one in 10 Seattleites call downtown home.
  • There are more than 64,000 households in downtown.
  • The median age of a downtown resident is 37, similar to the city and region.
  • About one in five (18%) of downtown residents live with others related by birth, marriage or adoption.
  • More than 5,500 children live downtown. In the past decade, school-aged children (ages 5-17) increased by 168%. This was one of the fastest-growing demographics over that period.

The charts below display current demographic data for downtown Seattle. Please note that all statistics on this page are estimates for July 1 of each year. Given the speed and severity of the COVID-19 crisis, the data inputs used for these estimates may not yet capture the impacts of the pandemic.

Data Source: Esri Community Analyst

Last updated: July, 2020

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