These Are The 10 Best Seattle Suburbs For 2019


We analyzed over 53 places around Seattle to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Seattle suburbs.

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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…

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 2019

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 (2013-2017) 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.

Sammamish, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 62,877
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $157,271
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
More on Sammamish: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 $157,271 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Seattle region. And only 3.7% are out of work. Homes average more than $679,900 each.

Mercer Island, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 24,768
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $136,644
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Mercer Island: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mercer Island is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Seattle for 2019.

It ranks 5th for incomes in the area and only 2.6% of residents lack insurance, good for 4th best.

Medina, WA

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,217
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $186,484
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Medina: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Snoqualmie, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 12,944
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $136,508
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 1.3%
More on Snoqualmie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Snoqualmie ranks as the 4th best suburb of Seattle for 2019.

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

Clyde Hill, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,231
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $205,500
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Clyde Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Clyde Hill.

Clyde Hill gets kudos for having the 2nd most expensive homes in the Seattle area, where houses sell for an average of $1,686,700. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Duvall, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 7,683
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 11)
Median Income: $151,612
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
More on Duvall: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Duvall 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 4.2% which is 12th best in the area.

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

Bainbridge Island, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 23,689
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $109,341
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Bainbridge Island: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Bainbridge Island.

Bainbridge Island 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 7.5 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Kirkland, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 86,772
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Income: $104,319
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
More on Kirkland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kirkland 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 4.8% of people lack insurance, good for 15th in the area.

Newcastle, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,346
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $118,333
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Newcastle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is ‘Everything Better In Newcastle?’

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.

Redmond, WA

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 60,712
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Income: $115,300
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 6.0%
More on Redmond: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Redmond.

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 2019

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 Median Income
1 Sammamish 62,877 $157,271
2 Mercer Island 24,768 $136,644
3 Medina 3,217 $186,484
4 Snoqualmie 12,944 $136,508
5 Clyde Hill 3,231 $205,500
6 Duvall 7,683 $151,612
7 Bainbridge Island 23,689 $109,341
8 Kirkland 86,772 $104,319
9 Newcastle 11,346 $118,333
10 Redmond 60,712 $115,300
11 Woodinville 11,675 $102,006
12 Normandy Park 6,634 $95,313
13 Mill Creek 19,706 $93,063
14 Lake Forest Park 13,247 $101,429
15 Maple Valley 25,375 $102,130
16 Bellevue 139,014 $105,402
17 Brier 6,697 $111,346
18 Edmonds 41,309 $82,697
19 Kenmore 22,154 $96,277
20 Mukilteo 21,101 $100,650
21 Issaquah 35,629 $100,844
22 Covington 19,918 $93,980
23 Bothell 44,082 $89,477
24 Edgewood 10,165 $90,544
25 Shoreline 55,431 $76,271
26 Mountlake Terrace 20,922 $69,727
27 Renton 99,692 $70,661
28 Lake Stevens 31,022 $82,500
29 Milton 7,481 $71,441
30 Fircrest 6,666 $63,534
31 University Place 32,528 $64,883
32 Gig Harbor 8,651 $74,159
33 Black Diamond 4,378 $75,880
34 Poulsbo 10,005 $61,455
35 North Bend 6,645 $100,417
36 Lynnwood 37,242 $58,852
37 Des Moines 31,080 $60,814
38 Federal Way 94,905 $62,086
39 Kent 126,561 $64,573
40 Snohomish 9,713 $59,310
41 Monroe 18,149 $74,093
42 Burien 50,729 $60,732
43 Port Orchard 13,476 $67,750
44 Sumner 9,789 $56,991
45 Pacific 7,113 $55,799
46 Auburn 77,440 $64,400
47 Tacoma 207,280 $55,506
48 Everett 107,560 $54,562
49 Seatac 28,597 $51,025
50 Fife 9,805 $58,649
51 Algona 3,171 $62,120
52 Bremerton 39,584 $48,757
53 Tukwila 20,025 $51,318

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