If you’re looking for safe cities and neighborhoods, amazing schools, large green spaces, good food, and just overall good family friendly fun, you can stop your search: Washington is one of the most family friendly states in the USA.
Great family friendly Washington cities are around every corner in The Evergreen State. You can have your family at the beach in Kenmore, then to Lake Sammamish in Sammamish, and on to the foothills of The Cascade Range in Wenatchee all in the same day.
Your in luck parents, some of these family friendly cities have family friendly breweries for that end of the day family friendly fun. We recommend Manfish Brewing in Issaquah: they are both kid and dog friendly. #Score
In all seriousness, Washington has some of the best schools in the country. Blue ribbon elementary schools, gold star high schools with focus in STEM, the Arts, and Aviation, and colleges like University of Washington and Washington State have been delivering the next generation to work at major Washington companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Nordstrom.
(This is especially nice for those parents who don’t want their kids to fly the coop for school or work.)
Now don’t count yourselves out of the mix, parents. There are plenty of jobs available in Washington for everyone–they have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. And with a $67,000/year household median, there’s plenty of cheddar to keep your family happy, healthy, and having fun.
And speaking of healthy, Washington is the number one producer of organic fruits and vegetables, they have some of the freshest fish in the country, and their number one goal is sustainability Their thoughts on food and health in general, are very progressive. They are one of the top states for life expectancy.
To take a closer look at the top 10 cities on our Family Friendly Washington cities for 2019, scroll on down.
These are the best cities to raise a family in Washington for 2019:
- Kenmore (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Camas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Issaquah (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sammamish (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bothell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Newcastle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Pullman (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Wenatchee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Snoqualmie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Maple Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
To narrow down the most family friendly cities in Washington, we looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities and percent of households that currently have children. The cities also had to have a population of at least 10,000.
There were 78 said family friendly cities in the largest state in the Pacific Northwest.
Without further adieu, the most family friendly city in Washington for 2019 is Kenmore.
So, if you care about your family living where crime is low, schools are awesome, and a healthy lifestyle is key, take a look at the list below. The Evergreen State is calling.
Or, check out some more reading about Washington and the best places for families in the country:
- Best Places To Live In Washington
- Cheapest Places To Live In Washington
- Best Cities To Raise A Family In America
- Best States To Raise A Family In America
How do you determine which place is best for families in Washington anyways?
To give you the places in Washington which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.
So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.
How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Evergreen State
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Washington, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:
- Crime (Both violent and property)
- Quality of local schools
- Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
- % of households with children
- Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)
We then gave each city a Family Score.
The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Washington, that meant a total of 78 cities.
Read on to see why Kenmore is where all the families are headed, while Centralia is probably a place made for singles.
The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Washington For 2019
Kenmore is a city in King County, Washington, United States, along the northernmost shores of Lake Washington. A mix of bedroom community, one-time country retreat, and freshwater industrial port, prominent features include the nation’s largest seaplane-only, commercial air facility at Kenmore Air Harbor, Bastyr University, several waterside parks and marinas, and easy access to the Burke-Gilman Trail and the King County bike-trail system. Sites of local historical interest include the former St. Edward Seminary, now Saint Edward State Park; and Log Boom Park. Kenmore’s official city flower is the dahlia, the official city bird is the great blue heron, and the official city evergreen is the rhododendron. The population was 20,460 at the 2010 census.
Camas is a city in Clark County, Washington, with a population of 19,355 at the 2010 census. The east side of town borders the city of Washougal, Washington, and the west side of town borders Vancouver, Washington. Camas lies along the Washington side of the Columbia River, across from Troutdale, Oregon, and is part of the Portland metropolitan area.
Issaquah is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 37,322 in a 2016 census estimate. Located in a valley and bisected by Interstate 90, the city is bordered by the Sammamish Plateau to the north and the Issaquah Alps to the south.
Sammamish is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 63,773 in a 2016 census estimate. Located on a plateau, the city is bordered by Lake Sammamish to the west and the Snoqualmie Valley to the east.
Bothell is a city located in King and Snohomish Counties in the State of Washington. It is part of the Seattle metropolitan area. Based on per capita income, Bothell ranks 78th of 614 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked.
Newcastle is an Eastside city in King County, Washington, United States. Its population was 10,380 at the 2010 census.
Pullman is the largest city in Whitman County, located in southeastern Washington state within the Palouse region of the Pacific Northwest. The population was 29,799 at the 2010 census, estimated to have reached 31,682 in 2014. Originally incorporated as Three Forks, the city was later renamed after industrialist George Pullman.
Wenatchee is a city located in north-central Washington and is the largest city and county seat of Chelan County, Washington, United States. The population within the city limits in 2010 was 31,925. In 2014, the Office of Financial Management estimated the population at 33,070. Located at the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers near the eastern foothills of the Cascade Range, Wenatchee lies on the western side of the Columbia River, across from the city of East Wenatchee. The Columbia River forms the boundary between Chelan and Douglas County. Wenatchee is the principal city of the Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Chelan and Douglas counties. However, the ‘Wenatchee Valley Area’ generally refers to the land between Rocky Reach and Rock Island Dam on both banks of the Columbia, which includes East Wenatchee, Rock Island, and Malaga.
Snoqualmie is a city next to Snoqualmie Falls in King County, Washington. It is twenty-five miles east of Seattle. This city is home to the Northwest Railway Museum. The population was 13,190 in a 2016 census estimate.
Maple Valley is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 22,684 at the 2010 census. The population was 25,686 at the 2015 estimate.
There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Washington
If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Washington ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.
Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Washington according to the data:
- Federal Way
For more Washington reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Washington
- 10 Safest Places In Washington
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Washington