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As one of the largest neighborhoods in north Seattle, Northgate has it all. It can be divided into four smaller sections: Haller Lake, Pinehurst, Maple Leaf, and North College Park (or Licton Springs), and has everything from a private lake to the world’s first mall.


It’s hard to imagine the Northgate area as it once was—a bog, inhabited by Native Americans and farmed for cranberries and other wild foods. Settlements crept in as they often do, and now we have Interstate 5, North Seattle Community College, and the Northgate mall in place of the original habitat. The mall is its own kind of jungle, however. And apparently this was the country’s first shopping center to be called a “mall,” so we should all take a moment to thank this neighborhood for revolutionizing our collective retail experiences. More recently, new housing and commercial complexes have been built, while at the same time work has been done to preserve and protect Thornton Creek, which runs through the neighborhood.

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Who Lives Here?

Non-native Newbies - Foreign-born individuals who just moved to U.S.
A significant proportion of people who have moved to the U.S. from Puerto Rico, the U.S. Island Areas, or a foreign country. Wide age range. Some have a high school or college education, and they work in a variety of occupations.
Humble Class - Lower-income couples.
Mixed educational status with some having a high school education and some college. Occupations range from service work to the professional sector.
Aspiring Urbanites - Urban singles with moderate income.
Low- to middle-income singles over a wide age range. Some have a college education. They work in a variety of occupations, including some management-level positions.
Northgate Seattle
Median Household Income $32,463 $45,736
Owners/Renters 26%/74% 48%/52%
Median Age 39 37
Single Males 23% 23%
Single Females 19% 19%
Homes With Kids 14% 18%
Household Size 1.8 2.1
Commute Time 28 min 27 min


The region around the mall obviously sees the most action, and with the addition of the new condo complex and movie theaters, the area has even more appeal to potential residents. Maple Leaf has a tight-knit community kind of feel, while North College Park is a little more laid back, what with all the students and all. Haller Lake sees its fair share of activity, especially along its border at Aurora Avenue. Pinehurst is probably the quietest of them all, particularly on the north end.

 Activities and Attractions

Just for a minute, let’s pretend the mall isn’t there (sad, I know). What would you do in Northgate if there were no Nordstrom or Target? Well, you could go golfing at the Jackson Park Golf Club. You could pick one of the many parks and hit up the swing sets or grassy knolls. You’re going to want to pop into holes-in-the-wall like Jebena Café, BurgerMaster, Gyro Hut, Bark! Espresso, or Boud’s Pinehurst Pub. Finally, book a spa day at one of the many salons—there are even some for dogs, too!

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