Seattle is a city of neighborhoods. That’s what makes this place so special, we have a real sense of community since we’re not just one big lump of a city.
Our seven hills, multiple bays, rivers and lakes are what have defined many of our neighborhoods. Wikipedia has a list of over 40 neighborhoods in Seattle, but that’s a bit of a stretch if you ask most people. But it really is hard to define a neighborhood in Seattle.
Take West Seattle for example. We call the area West Seattle, but no one calls it just one neighborhood since there’s 100,000 people and very different areas. Alki and Delridge couldn’t be more different, and the Alaska Junction and Admiral are even different still. Break it down further and there’s Genessee Hill, Morgan Junction, Lincoln Park, and the list goes on.
Ballard is similar to this. There’s Ballard, but it’s a big area. Do you live in Olde Towne Ballard, Sunset Hill, Crown Hill, Loyal Heights, Shilshole? They’re all different, though probably not as much as West Seattle.
The Central Area is even more of an example. You’ve got the CD, Madrona, Leschi, Mt. Baker, the sketchy area around 23rd and Cherry. In this area you can go from housing projects with crime and travel literally just five blocks and be into exclusive million dollar plus homes.
This is what makes Seattle so great! The video below is a Youtube tour of Seattle neighborhoods.
Here’s a link to the City of Seattle’s neighborhoods map. http://web6.seattle.gov/mnm/