WalletHub Names Seattle the Best Big U.S. City to Live in


Following a study that examined 62 of the largest cities in the United States based on a range of factors including culture, jobs, life expectancy, schools and more, WalletHub named Seattle the nation’s best big city to live in. The report notes that while urban settings make up just under 3 percent of the country’s landmass, they are home to approximately 80 percent of the population as residents move toward opportunity, whether it means a job, culture, entertainment, dining or beyond.

As WalletHub writes, “each major U.S. city has a unique set of issues, to go along with its own character and charm.” The key, though, is that some are approaching their respective challenges with greater ease, resulting in a fantastic place to lay a foundation.

Seattle was a standout in particular for its income growth—due in large part to the thriving Silicon Forest—where it tied with San Francisco and Austin (two other tech hubs, which landed third and fourth on the list, respectively) for first position.


The West Coast absolutely dominated the top ten list with five destinations across California, Oregon and Washington.

So, what else made the Emerald City stand out? Quality schools and walkability were two high notes, the latter of which will only grow with the forthcoming LINK Light Rail stations and the “One Center City” initiative, a twenty-year plan that will improve public and pedestrian spaces while reducing congestion.

For additional details on the top-ranking cities, read the full WalletHub report >>