Since the start of the year there have been some 17 positive Seattle rankings according to the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, Seattle Office of Economic Development - OED News and Data. Not surprisingly high marks were given for green homes, women entrepreneurs, among the best cities for good jobs and also literacy (2nd best according to Atlantic Cities). Fortunately or unfortunately as the case may be, Seattle was also ranked eighth as a top moving destination, according to CBS news.
But what about some lesser known rankings garnered from other sources for Seattle? In March of 2010 Seattle was ranked number 1 by Norton for riskiest online cities, Riskiest Online Cities. (Some safety tips are included in the article.)
While Tacoma was rated the most stressful city for the largest 100 metropolitan areas in the US, the Seattle metropolitan area was ranked 11th, America's Most (and Least) Stressful Cities - Rankings. According to the study, rankings in this category are updated regularly.
In September of last year Seattle was ranked 2nd in best places to live by Businessweek, Businessweek ranks Seattle #2 in best places to live - Local - MyNorthwest.com. Last year Seattle was also ranked as 5th by Coldwell Banker as a best for social seekers, i.e. trendy, hip and fun at heart types, Portland and Seattle Among Top Ten Best Places to Live.
In 2010 America’s craziest cities were ranked by The Daily Beast, America's Craziest Cities - The Daily Beast and Seattle was given a ranking of 19, with a crazy law given as follows: “On Sundays, it is illegal to purchase a mattress, television, or any kind of meat. On all days it is illegal to pretend that your parents are wealthy.”
Less on the superficial, a study inspired by the New York Times since Hurricane Sandy on the safest places to live from natural disasters lists the Seattle Metropolitan area as eighth, Safest Places from Natural Disasters.