Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Washington a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Washington.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Evergreen State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Washington, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 32 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Evergreen State for 2018:
- Island County (Photos)
- Jefferson County (Photos)
- Kitsap County (Photos)
- Snohomish County (Photos)
- Clark County (Photos)
- King County (Photos)
- Thurston County (Photos)
- Benton County (Photos)
- Lincoln County
- Douglas County (Photos)
Island County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Washington. And you might want to avoid Yakima County if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move Washington, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
How do you determine which Washington county is the best?
To give you the best county in Washington, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in Washington across each of the criteria from one to 32, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Washington’.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Evergreen State.
Read on to see why Island County is the best county, while Yakima County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Washington.
5. Clark County
6. King County
10. Douglas County
There You Have It – The Best Counties In Washington To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in Washington can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in Washington according to the data:
- Yakima County
- Grant County
- Okanogan County
For more Washington reading, check out:
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Washington
- These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Washington
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Washington
- 10 Most Diverse Cities In Washington
Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Washington
|Walla Walla County||20|
|Grays Harbor County||28|