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Seattle's Neighborhoods

Seattle is a city of neighborhoods of diverse character and strong identities. City departments and non-City entities define neighborhoods differently based on many factors. Some districts and neighborhoods are informal with varying boundaries and names. Some neighborhoods may overlap and be referred to by different names by community members.

To clarify neighborhood boundaries for the purposes of data reporting and monitoring, we have selected four different neighborhood geographies.

Our interactive map, Seattle's Neighborhoods Portal, has reports and tables for each neighborhood.

Enter Seattle's Neighborhoods Portal

Census Urban Centers and Villages Small Reference Map

 

Census Community Reporting Areas Small Reference Map

Urban Centers and Villages

Urban Centers and Villages are areas designated in Seattle's Comprehensive Plan to accommodate future population and job growth. These areas were adopted as part of the 1994 Comprehensive Plan to help guide land use and transportation policies.

 

Community Reporting Areas

Community Reporting Areas (CRAs) were established in 2004 as a standard, consistent, citywide geography for the purposes of reporting census related information. There are 53 CRAs composed of from one to six census tracts.

Seattle Council Districts Map

 

PUMAs Small Reference Map

Council Districts

In 2013, Seattle voters passed a measure amending our City's Charter to establish City Council Districts. In 2015, voters will elect seven out of nine City Council members by district. The other two positions will be elected "at-large" (city-wide) in positions 8 and 9.

 

PUMAs

A PUMA (public use microdata area) is a census area that comprises at least 100,000 people and is the smallest geography for which annual American Community Survey data is available. There are five PUMAs in Seattle.

 

For information about all the neighborhoods in a particular neighborhood geography in one report, click on a subject below to see a list of reports available.

 

Census Data

Council Districts

Census 2010

American Community Survey 5-Year Series 2006-2010

Urban Centers and Villages

Basic Demographic Change

Census 2010

Census 2000

American Community Survey data for 2006-2010 is not available for Urban Centers and Villages.

Community Reporting Areas

Basic Demographic Change

Census 2010

Census 2000

American Community Survey 5-Year Series 2006-2010

Land Use Zoning and Permitting

Citywide

Council Districts 

Urban Centers and Villages

Community Reporting Areas

Employment

Citywide

Council Districts

Urban Centers and Villages

Community Reporting Areas

A note on geography: For U.S. Census data, the City uses different combinations of census tracts, block groups, and blocks to best approximate the various neighborhoods and sub-areas of Seattle. If a neighborhood boundary splits a block group or tract, that block group or tract is included if 50% or more of its population lives within the neighborhood boundary.

 

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