Seattle

Smart city ranking
43 Out of 118
37 in 2020
BB BBB in 2020
Factor ratings
BB Structures
BB Technologies
Group
2
All ratings range from AAA to D

Background Information

City Population 3,430,000 (UN World Urbanization Prospects)
Country 2016 2017 2018 2019 1 yr change
HDI 0.919 0.919 0.920 0.926 +0.006
Life expectancy at birth 78.9 78.9 78.9 78.9 0.0
Expected years of schooling 16.3 16.3 16.3 16.3 +0.0
Mean years of schooling 13.4 13.4 13.4 13.4 +0.0
GNI per capita (PPP $) 54,443 55,351 56,140 63,826 +7,686

Priority Areas

From a list of 15 indicators, survey respondents were asked to select 5 that they perceived as the most urgent for their city. This is the total bar. The higher the percentage of responses per area, the greater the priority for the city.

The left hand section of each bar shows the Alignment - the proportion of those respondents who also answered the corresponding survey questions low. A strong Alignment implies that these areas also demand priority attention.

% of respondents who chose the Priority Area
0%
20%
40%
60%
80%100%
affordable housing
78.2%
road congestion
63.5%
security
47.0%
health services
41.0%
unemployment
40.5%
public transport
29.2%
fulfilling employment
25.4%
school education
25.0%
air pollution
22.8%
corruption
22.8%
basic amenities
20.1%
citizen engagement
16.4%
recycling
15.9%
social mobility
11.4%
green spaces
11.1%

Attitudes

% of respondents who agree or strongly agree with the statement
0%
20%
40%
60%
80%100%
You are willing to concede personal data in order to improve traffic congestion
56.9%
You are comfortable with face recognition technologies to lower crime
61.1%
You feel the availability of online information has increased your trust in authorities
46.3%
The proportion of your day-to-day payment transactions that are non-cash (% of transactions)
76.3%
Legend
City
Group Mean

Structures

Health & Safety
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Basic sanitation meets the needs of the poorest areas
47.8
Recycling services are satisfactory
73.9
Public safety is not a problem
32.4
Air pollution is not a problem
40.8
Medical services provision is satisfactory
68.0
Finding housing with rent equal to 30% or less of a monthly salary is not a problem
24.4
Mobility
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Traffic congestion is not a problem
16.9
Public transport is satisfactory
52.1
Opportunities (Work & School)
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Employment finding services are readily available
70.3
Most children have access to a good school
64.3
Lifelong learning opportunities are provided by local institutions
66.4
Businesses are creating new jobs
67.9
Minorities feel welcome
62.1
Activities
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Green spaces are satisfactory
67.1
Cultural activities (shows, bars, and museums) are satisfactory
80.5
Governance
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Information on local government decisions are easily accessible
60.8
Corruption of city officials is not an issue of concern
41.6
Residents contribute to decision making of local government
53.4
Residents provide feedback on local government projects
64.5
Legend
Min
City
Mean
Max

Technologies

Health & Safety
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online reporting of city maintenance problems provides a speedy solution
43.2
A website or App allows residents to easily give away unwanted items
64.7
Free public wifi has improved access to city services
46.1
CCTV cameras has made residents feel safer
42.5
A website or App allows residents to effectively monitor air pollution
41.3
Arranging medical appointments online has improved access
70.2
Mobility
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Car-sharing Apps have reduced congestion
45.6
Apps that direct you to an available parking space have reduced journey time
42.8
Bicycle hiring has reduced congestion
40.6
Online scheduling and ticket sales has made public transport easier to use
58.3
The city provides information on traffic congestion through mobile phones
61.2
Opportunities (Work & School)
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online access to job listings has made it easier to find work
71.9
IT skills are taught well in schools
51.4
Online services provided by the city has made it easier to start a new business
46.1
The current internet speed and reliability meet connectivity needs
64.5
Activities
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online purchasing of tickets to shows and museums has made it easier to attend
75.0
Governance
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online public access to city finances has reduced corruption
35.3
Online voting has increased participation
53.2
An online platform where residents can propose ideas has improved city life
46.6
Processing Identification Documents online has reduced waiting times
54.1
Legend
Min
City
Mean
Max

Background Information

City Population 3,430,000 (UN World Urbanization Prospects)
Country 2016 2017 2018 2019 1 yr change
HDI 0.919 0.919 0.920 0.926 +0.006
Life expectancy at birth 78.9 78.9 78.9 78.9 0.0
Expected years of schooling 16.3 16.3 16.3 16.3 +0.0
Mean years of schooling 13.4 13.4 13.4 13.4 +0.0
GNI per capita (PPP $) 54,443 55,351 56,140 63,826 +7,686

Priority Areas

From a list of 15 indicators, survey respondents were asked to select 5 that they perceived as the most urgent for their city. This is the total bar. The higher the percentage of responses per area, the greater the priority for the city.

The left hand section of each bar shows the Alignment - the proportion of those respondents who also answered the corresponding survey questions low. A strong Alignment implies that these areas also demand priority attention.

% of respondents who chose the Priority Area
0%
20%
40%
60%
80%100%
affordable housing
78.2%
road congestion
63.5%
security
47.0%
health services
41.0%
unemployment
40.5%
public transport
29.2%
fulfilling employment
25.4%
school education
25.0%
air pollution
22.8%
corruption
22.8%
basic amenities
20.1%
citizen engagement
16.4%
recycling
15.9%
social mobility
11.4%
green spaces
11.1%

Attitudes

% of respondents who agree or strongly agree with the statement
0%
20%
40%
60%
80%100%
You are willing to concede personal data in order to improve traffic congestion
56.9%
You are comfortable with face recognition technologies to lower crime
61.1%
You feel the availability of online information has increased your trust in authorities
46.3%
The proportion of your day-to-day payment transactions that are non-cash (% of transactions)
76.3%
Legend
City
Group Mean

Structures

Health & Safety
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Basic sanitation meets the needs of the poorest areas
47.8
Recycling services are satisfactory
73.9
Public safety is not a problem
32.4
Air pollution is not a problem
40.8
Medical services provision is satisfactory
68.0
Finding housing with rent equal to 30% or less of a monthly salary is not a problem
24.4
Mobility
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Traffic congestion is not a problem
16.9
Public transport is satisfactory
52.1
Opportunities (Work & School)
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Employment finding services are readily available
70.3
Most children have access to a good school
64.3
Lifelong learning opportunities are provided by local institutions
66.4
Businesses are creating new jobs
67.9
Minorities feel welcome
62.1
Activities
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Green spaces are satisfactory
67.1
Cultural activities (shows, bars, and museums) are satisfactory
80.5
Governance
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Information on local government decisions are easily accessible
60.8
Corruption of city officials is not an issue of concern
41.6
Residents contribute to decision making of local government
53.4
Residents provide feedback on local government projects
64.5
Legend
Min
City
Mean
Max

Technologies

Health & Safety
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online reporting of city maintenance problems provides a speedy solution
43.2
A website or App allows residents to easily give away unwanted items
64.7
Free public wifi has improved access to city services
46.1
CCTV cameras has made residents feel safer
42.5
A website or App allows residents to effectively monitor air pollution
41.3
Arranging medical appointments online has improved access
70.2
Mobility
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Car-sharing Apps have reduced congestion
45.6
Apps that direct you to an available parking space have reduced journey time
42.8
Bicycle hiring has reduced congestion
40.6
Online scheduling and ticket sales has made public transport easier to use
58.3
The city provides information on traffic congestion through mobile phones
61.2
Opportunities (Work & School)
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online access to job listings has made it easier to find work
71.9
IT skills are taught well in schools
51.4
Online services provided by the city has made it easier to start a new business
46.1
The current internet speed and reliability meet connectivity needs
64.5
Activities
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online purchasing of tickets to shows and museums has made it easier to attend
75.0
Governance
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online public access to city finances has reduced corruption
35.3
Online voting has increased participation
53.2
An online platform where residents can propose ideas has improved city life
46.6
Processing Identification Documents online has reduced waiting times
54.1
Legend
Min
City
Mean
Max