Land Use Quick Statistics
How Seattle's Land Is Used
- Seattle's area: 53,113 acres (83 square miles)
- People per acre in 2012: 11.6
- Acres of rights-of-way: 14,170
- Acres of parks and open space owned by the City of Seattle: 5,003
- Acres of open space per 1,000 residents in 2012: 8.9
- Percent of the population that lives with ¼ mile of a city-owned open space: 85%
- Percent of the city in single-family zoning (excluding parks and rights-of-way): 54%
What Is Being Built in Seattle
- Net new housing units added since 2004: 29,330
- Net new housing units that have issued permits: 13,976
- Square feet of non-residential space built between 1995 and 2005: Over 25 million
How Seattle's Transit Measures Up
- Nearly all of Seattle’s population, 97.5%, lives within ¼ mile of a transit stop with some level of service
- Ranks 7th of the 25 largest U.S. cities in transit service with a Transit Score of 59 (Walk Score)
- Ranks 6th of the 50 largest U.S. cities for walkability with a Walk Score of 74 (Walk Score)
- Residential construction permits: Seattle is experiencing high volumes of residential permits with historic highs of residential units in the permit pipeline for 2012. View the new residential unit graph.
- Land use distribution: Seattle’s land area remains mostly single-family in nature, but most residential development capacity, 93.5 percent, is in the multifamily zoning types with 73 percent in designated growth areas. View the existing land use pie chart.
- Seattle Comprehensive Plan growth estimates for 2024: From 2004-2012 Seattle added 29,330 net new housing units representing 62 percent of the City’s 20-year growth estimate of 47,000 housing units. Much of that residential growth, 73 percent, has been occurring in the multifamily urban centers and villages. View the residential capacity pie chart.
Key Data Sources
Department of Planning and Development
- Permit Tracking System
- Geographic Information System
Where to Go From Here
- For similar information, maps, and tables for individual neighborhoods visit the Department of Neighborhoods website.
- Information about specific permits or obtaining a permit visit our permit portal.
- For more information about Seattle’s Walk Score visit their website.