More Life in the Center City

Downtown Seattle has evolved into one of the most dynamic urban centers in the country. A robust job market, a beautiful natural environment and a vibrant shopping, arts, restaurant and cultural scenes continue to attract new residents. Today more than one in 10 Seattleites —  88,000 people — live in the center city. Children under 18 are the fastest growing demographic downtown. That population has doubled since 2010.


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Downtown Demographics

By the numbers:

  • More than 88,000 residents call downtown Seattle home.
  • More than one in 10 Seattleites call downtown home.
  • There are more than 56,000 households in downtown.
  • The median age of a downtown resident is 37. That’s the same as the city and a year younger than the median age in the Puget Sound region.
  • More than a quarter (26 percent) of downtown residents live with others related by birth, marriage or adoption.
  • Nearly 4,850 children live downtown, doubling from 2010 to 2018. School-aged children (ages 5-17) increased by 133 percent.

The charts below display current demographic data for downtown Seattle.

Data Source: Esri Community Analyst

Last updated: July, 2019

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Phone: 206-613-3255