These Are The 10 Best Seattle Suburbs For 2018


We analyzed over 49 places around Seattle to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Seattle are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Seattle for 2018:

  1. Sammamish (Photos | Homes)
  2. Mercer Island (Photos | Homes)
  3. Medina (Photos | Homes)
  4. Clyde Hill (Homes)
  5. Snoqualmie (Photos | Homes)
  6. Woodinville (Photos | Homes)
  7. Newcastle (Photos | Homes)
  8. Redmond (Photos | Homes)
  9. Bainbridge Island (Photos | Homes)
  10. Mill Creek (Photos | Homes)

If you happen to be a resident of Sammamish, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Seattle ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Seattle for 2018

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Seattle was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2012-2016) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Seattle.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 53 suburbs to evaluate around Seattle.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 53 in each category, where 1 was the ‘best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the ‘Best Suburb near Seattle.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Sammamish.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

1. Sammamish

Sammamish, Washington

Population: 62,136
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Median Home Price: $624,800
Median Income: $153,253
More on Sammamish: Real Estate | Data
Sammamish is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Seattle area. We’ll tell you the good about ‘Awesome Sammamish.’

Everyone here is rich; families average $153,253 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Seattle region. And only 4.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $624,800 each.

2. Mercer Island

Mercer Island, Washington

Population: 24,467
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Median Home Price: $956,200
Median Income: $129,348
More on Mercer Island: Real Estate | Data
Mercer Island is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Seattle for 2018.

It ranks 5th for incomes in the area and only 3.0% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

3. Medina

Medina, Washington

Source: Public domain

Population: 3,169
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Median Home Price: $1,654,600
Median Income: $182,604
More on Medina: Real Estate | Data
Here in Medina, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Seattle metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Medina.

4. Clyde Hill


Population: 3,197
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Median Home Price: $1,578,900
Median Income: $193,516
More on Clyde Hill: Real Estate | Data
Clyde Hill ranks as the 4th best suburb of Seattle for 2018.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Clyde Hill and the schools are some of the best around.

5. Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie, Washington

Population: 12,510
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Median Home Price: $471,800
Median Income: $131,453
More on Snoqualmie: Real Estate | Data
Coming in as the fifth best is Snoqualmie.

Snoqualmie gets kudos for having the 12th most expensive homes in the Seattle area, where houses sell for an average of $471,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Woodinville

Woodinville, Washington

Population: 11,549
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $489,200
Median Income: $106,341
More on Woodinville: Real Estate | Data
Woodinville is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.6% which is 2nd best in the area.

According to online reports, Woodinville is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Seattle area, meaning you need to get in soon.

7. Newcastle

Newcastle, Washington

Population: 11,189
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Median Home Price: $579,600
Median Income: $111,955
More on Newcastle: Real Estate | Data
The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Newcastle.

Newcastle schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 10.6 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Redmond

Redmond, Washington

Source: Public domain

Population: 59,268
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Median Home Price: $525,000
Median Income: $107,341
More on Redmond: Real Estate | Data
Redmond is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 5.4% of people lack insurance, good for 12th in the area.

9. Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island, Washington

Population: 23,576
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Median Home Price: $569,700
Median Income: $102,906
More on Bainbridge Island: Real Estate | Data
Is ‘Everything Better In Bainbridge Island?’

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

10. Mill Creek

Mill Creek, Washington

Population: 19,372
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $411,700
Median Income: $88,345
More on Mill Creek: Real Estate | Data
And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Mill Creek.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Seattle ‘Burbs of 2018

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Seattle, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Seattle Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Sammamish 62,136 4.0% $624,800 $153,253
2 Mercer Island 24,467 4.6% $956,200 $129,348
3 Medina 3,169 2.0% $1,654,600 $182,604
4 Clyde Hill 3,197 6.8% $1,578,900 $193,516
5 Snoqualmie 12,510 3.8% $471,800 $131,453
6 Woodinville 11,549 3.6% $489,200 $106,341
7 Newcastle 11,189 4.8% $579,600 $111,955
8 Redmond 59,268 4.6% $525,000 $107,341
9 Bainbridge Island 23,576 3.9% $569,700 $102,906
10 Mill Creek 19,372 3.6% $411,700 $88,345
11 Kirkland 85,812 5.3% $469,000 $95,939
12 Brier 6,530 3.8% $372,000 $105,901
13 Maple Valley 25,093 7.5% $312,600 $98,925
14 Bellevue 136,718 5.0% $608,500 $100,703
15 Issaquah 34,728 5.1% $477,200 $92,071
16 Normandy Park 6,598 4.1% $484,700 $89,425
17 Duvall 7,534 5.9% $402,900 $125,123
18 Mukilteo 20,994 6.4% $454,300 $98,823
19 Edmonds 41,020 5.2% $413,000 $78,181
20 Lake Forest Park 13,156 6.4% $464,500 $96,217
21 Kenmore 21,830 5.2% $427,700 $93,227
22 Covington 19,172 4.8% $271,200 $88,806
23 Bothell 43,153 6.2% $372,700 $86,167
24 Fircrest 6,660 8.5% $282,400 $69,278
25 Edgewood 9,862 4.9% $307,800 $83,514
26 Mountlake Terrace 20,747 5.0% $274,900 $66,512
27 Shoreline 55,021 7.0% $352,200 $70,398
28 Lake Stevens 30,352 5.0% $274,900 $79,975
29 Poulsbo 9,806 4.8% $288,200 $60,720
30 University Place 32,342 7.3% $293,700 $60,947
31 Gig Harbor 8,307 10.7% $347,400 $64,931
32 Black Diamond 4,321 4.7% $320,600 $70,259
33 Renton 98,499 5.3% $313,500 $66,050
34 Milton 7,239 5.4% $234,400 $66,744
35 North Bend 6,475 7.1% $424,100 $90,395
36 Lynnwood 36,861 5.4% $300,400 $53,308
37 Snohomish 9,551 5.4% $290,200 $56,763
38 Burien 50,187 5.8% $290,500 $54,546
39 Federal Way 93,986 6.8% $259,300 $58,855
40 Des Moines 30,904 6.7% $266,500 $59,948
41 Kent 125,492 6.8% $262,800 $61,033
42 Monroe 17,906 6.2% $261,600 $70,270
43 Sumner 9,691 5.9% $234,700 $57,303
44 Auburn 75,607 7.4% $241,800 $60,262
45 Tacoma 205,602 8.0% $212,400 $53,553
46 Port Orchard 13,265 10.1% $256,500 $63,634
47 Everett 106,580 7.7% $242,200 $50,933
48 Fife 9,645 7.5% $229,100 $56,871
49 Seatac 28,298 6.4% $246,100 $48,487
50 Pacific 7,042 8.3% $211,600 $53,301
51 Bremerton 39,388 8.7% $178,600 $47,358
52 Algona 3,140 10.9% $183,400 $55,938
53 Tukwila 19,878 7.4% $248,600 $48,490

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