Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square isn’t necessarily known for its residential appeal, although that is set to change in the next few years. A plan is in motion to build a large housing development in place of the north lot of Century Link field. This will bring not only hundreds of new apartments and condos, but retail and office spaces as well. In the meantime, the neighborhood still has much to offer in the way of art galleries, bars and restaurants, and various yearly events.

One of the last remaining vestiges of old Seattle, Pioneer Square retains an old town vibe that has been lost elsewhere in the metropolis. Turn of the century brick buildings now fill the spaces left over by wooden buildings lost to the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, and the subsequent raising of street level has given Pioneer Square its main tourist attraction: The Seattle Underground. Tons of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and unique boutiques give Pioneer Square its reputation for heady nightlife and wild parties.

The residents of Pioneer Square are a diverse bunch. They aren’t necessarily from the same age bracket or income level, but they do have several other things in common. First of all, most are single; according to, 43% of the population is single, while only 34% are married. Secondly, most are renters rather than owners of their living spaces. Finally, it’s safe to assume that all of them are addicted to the activity and atmosphere of downtown Seattle.

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