These Are The 10 Best Seattle Suburbs


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:

  1. Mercer Island (Photos)
  2. Sammamish (Photos)
  3. Mill Creek (Photos)
  4. Kirkland (Photos)
  5. Redmond (Photos)
  6. Bellevue (Photos)
  7. Issaquah (Photos)
  8. Seattle (Photos)
  9. Mukilteo (Photos)
  10. Kenmore (Photos)

If you happen to be a resident of Mercer Island, 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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How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Seattle

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

Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the Seattle, Wa Urbanized Area.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 49 suburbs to evaluate around Seattle.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 49 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, Mercer Island.

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.

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1. Mercer Island

Mercer Island, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,636
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Median Home Price: $871,600
Median Income: $125,651

2. Sammamish

Sammamish, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,077
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Median Home Price: $586,400
Median Income: $144,775

3. Mill Creek

Mill Creek, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,667
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Median Home Price: $384,700
Median Income: $88,770

4. Kirkland

Kirkland, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 83,320
Unemployment Rate: 7.0%
Median Home Price: $424,700
Median Income: $90,611

5. Redmond

Redmond, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,704
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Median Home Price: $462,200
Median Income: $99,586

6. Bellevue

Bellevue, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 132,268
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%
Median Home Price: $538,300
Median Income: $92,524

7. Issaquah

Issaquah, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,551
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Median Home Price: $449,800
Median Income: $88,770

8. Seattle

Seattle, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 637,850
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Median Home Price: $437,400
Median Income: $67,365

9. Mukilteo

Mukilteo, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,635
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
Median Home Price: $441,800
Median Income: $89,942

10. Kenmore

Kenmore, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,263
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%
Median Home Price: $392,900
Median Income: $88,472

Welcome to the ‘Burbs

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 Burbs To Live Around Seattle

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Mercer Island 1 23,636 4.5% $871,600 $125,651
Sammamish 2 49,077 4.4% $586,400 $144,775
Mill Creek 3 18,667 4.8% $384,700 $88,770
Kirkland 4 83,320 7.0% $424,700 $90,611
Redmond 5 56,704 5.8% $462,200 $99,586
Bellevue 6 132,268 7.1% $538,300 $92,524
Issaquah 7 32,551 6.0% $449,800 $88,770
Seattle 8 637,850 6.5% $437,400 $67,365
Mukilteo 9 20,635 6.1% $441,800 $89,942
Kenmore 10 21,263 7.1% $392,900 $88,472
Woodinville 11 11,201 5.3% $437,500 $97,604
Edmonds 12 40,343 6.3% $381,500 $72,926
Newcastle 13 10,792 5.0% $509,300 $110,456
Brier 14 6,255 7.7% $361,600 $98,125
Dupont 15 8,851 5.0% $299,100 $80,754
Maple Valley 16 24,040 8.5% $288,900 $97,809
Mountlake Terrace 17 20,318 7.5% $254,100 $61,477
Bothell 18 34,920 7.8% $344,600 $75,643
Lake Forest Park 19 12,938 7.3% $426,700 $90,495
Steilacoom 20 6,083 6.1% $279,100 $57,434
Normandy Park 21 6,491 7.2% $462,700 $90,446
Shoreline 22 54,254 8.7% $330,200 $64,096
Renton 23 95,479 7.5% $282,400 $65,223
Duvall 24 7,185 9.2% $361,400 $105,729
Covington 25 18,361 7.0% $261,200 $87,315
Lynnwood 26 36,267 8.1% $273,800 $50,562
Milton 27 7,260 7.9% $224,700 $67,069
University Place 28 31,670 12.5% $282,200 $59,164
Burien 29 49,291 8.5% $273,800 $52,140
Des Moines 30 30,403 8.9% $247,000 $58,308
Monroe 31 17,564 8.3% $244,700 $66,649
Enumclaw 32 11,388 7.4% $233,500 $56,764
Fircrest 33 6,592 8.6% $271,600 $60,544
Kent 34 122,620 9.4% $251,000 $57,490
Bonney Lake 35 18,040 8.0% $251,700 $79,725
Edgewood 36 9,538 8.2% $292,500 $78,328
Gig Harbor 37 7,620 11.2% $339,200 $64,087
Federal Way 38 91,676 8.7% $242,800 $54,186
Puyallup 39 38,092 10.4% $251,300 $63,009
Seatac 40 27,606 10.1% $224,600 $45,573
Everett 41 104,708 10.9% $230,800 $48,562
Tacoma 42 201,794 11.3% $207,000 $51,269
Auburn 43 73,403 9.5% $231,200 $57,635
Orting 44 6,941 9.3% $200,100 $72,810
Fife 45 9,346 9.1% $225,400 $57,500
Sumner 46 9,548 8.8% $230,700 $52,275
Lakewood 47 58,890 14.1% $217,200 $44,667
Tukwila 48 19,573 11.1% $246,600 $44,820
Pacific 49 6,845 13.5% $211,800 $55,907

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