Seattle almost breaks top-10 for Rattiest Cities in America

A rat.
Rats have really grown to feel at home in Seattle and thanks to the pandemic they're moving to the burbs! Photo credit gettyimages // Cavan Images

We're on a hot streak in Seattle as our rat population is growing just as quickly as our humans and bumped us up just shy of the top-10 Rattiest Cities in America -- next year, gang!

Orkin published their annual data about all things rats and while the top four spots remain unchanged, Seattle is moving on up! Chances are the rodents that moved here to work at Amazon are out-earning you still.

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I noticed one quickdraw response in comments sections or social media was to blame the encampments for the problems, and while I can't statistically confirm/deny this, Portland which is just broken if not more so actually had a decrease. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Anyone else surprised to find out that Chicago is a better home to rats than New York City? NYC is like one big rat meme, and don't get me wrong, I'm not surprised Chicago is on there but #3, Big Apple? Come on.

Top 20 Rattiest Cities in the USA
1. Chicago
2. Los Angeles
3. New York
4. Washington, D.C.
5. San Francisco
6. Baltimore (+2)
7. Philadelphia
8. Detroit (-2)
9. Denver
10. Cleveland, Oh. (+1)
11. Seattle (+1)
12. Minneapolis (-2)
13. Boston
14. Indianapolis (+1)
15. Atlanta (-1)
16. Pittsburgh (+2)
17. San Diego (+2)
18. Houston (-1)
19. Cincinnati (+3)
20. Dallas (-4)
21. Hartford, Conn. (+6)
22. Milwaukee (+2)
23. Miami (-3)
24. Portland, Or. (-1)
25. Kansas City (+5)

How long until housing in Seattle becomes to high even for the rats? Rat landlords are notoriously ruthless.