Seattle's 98118 zip code the most diverse in the country



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Posted on August 2, 2010 at 6:02 PM

How do you measure pride? From 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, almost all of the people we talked to in Seattle’s 98118 zip code would assign the number 10 to the level of pride they feel about their neighborhood.

And what a neighborhood! There's no other like it in the country. You’ll find out why in a moment.

We’re talking about the Columbia City area and parts of Rainier Valley.

"When I started having a family, I moved up here," says Mama Dou from Senegal who owns a business in Columbia City. "It’s been great because it’s very diverse. I think there’s a lot of languages spoken here."

THINK? You better believe it! Try 59 languages. Minimum. That’s according to the 2000 U.S. Census.

The 2010 Census data is still being collected and counted. The last Census shows the 98118 zip code is the most diverse in the country.

See for yourself by watching our story and listening to the 8 languages we included in our story. Eight, if you count English.

The owner of Seattle’s Mawadda Café is from Iraq. Rami Al-Jebori doesn’t need surveys and studies to tell him what HE sees in his neighborhood every day.

"How people from all over could live together and live in one peaceful place," says Al-Jebori. The place is Southeast Seattle. His zip code is also 98118.

By the way, you might be hearing from the Census Bureau in the next couple of weeks. Through mid-August, they plan to call households, who already responded to the 2010 Census, if they need to clarify any information about you.