The Seattle-Area’s Most Expensive Zip Code Is…

Yo dawg, I herd you like maps, so I put a map in your blog so you can map while you price.

In a big surprise to nobody, the most expensive zip code in the area is downtown Seattle’s 98101, with a whopping $482 median price per square foot. Of course, that actually looks cheap compared to the pricing on new construction condos downtown, but I digress.

Here are the top ten most-expensive zip codes in King / Snohomish / Pierce, by median price of home sales over the last three months:

Zip ‘Hood / City Sales Med. $/SqFt
98101 Downtown Seattle 83 $482
98039 Medina 19 $429
98121 Belltown 59 $376
98004 Bellevue 240 $353
98102 Capitol Hill 72 $317
98112 Madison Park 117 $315
98109 East Queen Anne / SLU 120 $299
98104 Pioneer Square / First Hill / International District 25 $287
98119 West Queen Anne 108 $283
98107 Ballard 101 $275

And here are the top ten least-expensive zip codes in King / Snohomish / Pierce, by median price of home sales over the last three months:

Zip ‘Hood / City Sales Med. $/SqFt
98409 South Tacoma 73 $67
98408 South End (Tacoma) 84 $75
98444 Parkland 60 $80
98404 Eastside (Tacoma) 141 $82
98360 Orting 57 $85
98405 Central Tacoma 73 $86
98418 Lincoln (Tacoma) 36 $86
98168 Riverton / Seatac 106 $88
98201 Everett 84 $90
98424 Fife 22 $90

Okay that was almost all Tacoma. How about the ten least-expensive zip codes in King County:

Zip ‘Hood / City Sales Med. $/SqFt
98168 Riverton / Seatac 106 $88
98188 Seatac 59 $92
98003 Central Federal Way 115 $94
98002 Auburn 94 $98
98198 Des Moines 116 $98
98023 West Federal Way 163 $99
98032 West Kent 75 $106
98022 Enumclaw 68 $107
98030 East Kent 115 $107
98047 Pacific 38 $108

South King County with the sweep.

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About The Tim

Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market. Tim also hosts the weekly improv comedy sci-fi podcast Dispatches from the Multiverse.


  1. 1
    Passed Doo says:

    Thanks for the info. Well done.

  2. 2
    corndogs says:

    According to this article people who live in downtown Seattle are in the top 2% for having cancer in the nation at 396 people per million and some of the worst air quality. Expensive doesn’t denote quality, it denotes ‘full’… move out somewhere else and get some fresh air.

  3. 3
    Blurtman says:

    RE: corndogs @ 2 – Well said. And while we are at it, let’s ban diesel exhaust spewing trucks. I really enjoy getting dosed with the stuff by UPS as they drive by. Sadly, the city of Sammamish also uses these cancer causing vehicles. And it is also bad for blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

    “Acute exposure to diesel exhaust is associated with an immediate and transient increase in arterial stiffness. This may, in part, explain the increased risk for cardiovascular disease associated with air pollution exposure.”

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    RE: corndogs @ 2 – How do you know it’s the air? What about being bombarded by other things, like very strong TV signals?

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    By Passed Doo @ 1:

    Thanks for the info. Well done.

    Well done? That map doesn’t even show I-90!

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    turf says:

    Does this sq. ft. price include the garage area?

  8. 8
    Pegasus says:

    RE: turf @ 7 – What garage? /sarc

  9. 9
    corndogs says:

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 5
    If you read what I wrote, I didn’t imply one caused the other. Just making a point that $/sq ft does not correlate to desirability as much as it does lack of supply. It’s the same mentality of people who flock to Bumbershoot to wait in one line to get a corndog and then turn around to get in the other line to wait and use the sani-can… the whole process actually sucks but seems desirable to some because everyone else is doing it…..

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    RE: corndogs @ 9 – I tend to prefer less populated areas too, so I get that. Although many of the very young and very old probably prefer more populated areas. When you’re young it’s nice being walking distance to Broadway or Qwest Field. When you’re old it’s nice to be close to healthcare.

  12. 12
    Passed Doo says:

    “Well done? That map doesn’t even show I-90!”

    A little drive on I-90 might do ya good.

    Just keep going East until the poles end.

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    wreckingbull says:

    RE: Blurtman @ 3 – Yes, UPS is known to run their trucks into the ground, rebuild them, then run them into the ground again. This means that some of their rigs have older, dirtier engines. Just be happy they are not running the old screaming Detroit Diesels of days gone by. The old 2-stroke Detroits were very very efficient at turning diesel fuel into smoke and noise.

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    RE: Blurtman @ 10
    You’ll get a thumbs up from me every single time you link to a clip from They Live. I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and I’m all out of bubblegum.

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    Peter Witting says:

    RE: corndogs @ 2 – Could it be cancer patients living in the city while getting treatments? There are a number of cancer care centers clustered downtown.

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    Sotocapo says:

    Typo: herd for heard.

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    The Tim says:

    RE: Sotocapo @ 16 – Guess you didn’t click the “yo dawg” link…

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    RE: corndogs @ 2

    Yes Corndogs

    Albeit, you’re insulting the “3 dollar bill Democrat environmentalists” in Seattle and other “like Republican globalists” who consider your pragmatic statement simply insulting. Look at the down thumbs we’ll get.

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    RE: wreckingbull @ 13

    Forget the Cars Wrecking Bull

    Its the diesel shipping tankers in Puget Sound I’d worry about.

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    David Losh says:

    Did you have a historical chart of price per square foot?

    I’m interested in pricing from say 1996 forward, particularly 1998 forward, but 1996 is the last market that I felt pricing was cheap by comparison to other costs.

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    Blurtman says:

    RE: softwarengineer @ 19 – I think you do have to take into account a few factors, such as concentration of the carcinogens and other toxic elements of diesel exhaust and duration of exposure. For example, if you live some distance from the ships but are constantly breathing the diluted toxins versus if you receive a high dose of toxic gas from a UPS truck that is driving by. In the case of the latter, it seems that an acute effect is arteriole constriction, possibly leading to a heart attack in those pre-disposed. It seems that chronic exposure to diluted toxic gas, such as those living near docked ships, would lead to cancer and pulmonary disease. Anyway, it seems like a no-brainer that the stuff is bad, and that no one has a right to harm the health of others in the pursuit of recreation, income or locomotion. Libertarians especially should be against toxic diesel exhaust. I wonder, as the owners of such vehicles including ships know that the vehicles are spewing toxic gas, if they could be sued for assault.

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    nrc says:

    RE: corndogs @ 2

    I noticed in that article that they used several stricter measures to come up with their calculation for air pollution here. Ok, that’s fine, but it begs the question: did they use that custom calculation for all the other counties when they came up with that “top 2%” number? Or, did they compare their new “strict” calculation to the rest of the nation using the EPA’s original (less strict) calculation? I’m always suspicious when newspapers do their own “studies”.

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    Question Mark says:

    By Ira Sacharoff @ 14:

    I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and I’m all out of bubblegum.

    Shades of Rowdy Roddy Piper, when he was a wrestler here in the Northwest in the ’70s and ’80s.

  24. 24
    Blurtman says:

    RE: Question Mark @ 23 – And let’s not forget George “The Animal” Steele and his unrequited love for Randy “Macho Man” Savage’s lady Elizabeth. Touching.

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    Lo Ball Jones says:

    Federal Way is the new Ballard.

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