These Are The 10 Best Small Towns In Washington


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Washington are the best of the best.

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Washington, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Evergreen State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Washington based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Washington ranked the based–you know, based on science. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in Washington (in which to live):

  1. Hunts Point
  2. Beaux Arts Village
  3. Ruston
  4. Roy
  5. Albion
  6. La Conner
  7. Reardan
  8. Carbonado
  9. Wilkeson
  10. Index

If you live in one of these small towns like Hunts Point, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list. Or feel free to check out the worst small towns in Washington.

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How We Determined The Best Small Towns In Washington

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • High School Dropouts (Lower is better)
  • Crime Rates (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 65 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 65, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Washington. Top of that list — Hunts Point.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 10 best small towns in Washington.

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1. Hunts Point


Population 2014: 498
Median Income: $215,000
Median Home Price: $2,698,000
Crime Per 100k: 1,418

2. Beaux Arts Village

Source: Google Maps

Population: 455
Median Income: $148,750
Median Home Price: $915,900
Crime Per 100k: 1,418

3. Ruston


Population 2014: 764
Median Income: $78,929
Median Home Price: $308,500
Crime Per 100k: 3,372

4. Roy


Population 2014: 805
Median Income: $71,979
Median Home Price: $194,400
Crime Per 100k: 867

5. Albion


Population 2014: 501
Median Income: $50,227
Median Home Price: $119,200
Crime Per 100k: 4,728

6. La Conner


Population 2014: 680
Median Income: $36,827
Median Home Price: $283,500
Crime Per 100k: 3,799

7. Reardan


Population 2014: 652
Median Income: $39,357
Median Home Price: $163,200
Crime Per 100k: 1,085

8. Carbonado


Population 2014: 688
Median Income: $66,250
Median Home Price: $197,000
Crime Per 100k: 4,504

9. Wilkeson


Population 2014: 398
Median Income: $65,893
Median Home Price: $197,700
Crime Per 100k: 4,290

10. Index


Population 2014: 163
Median Income: $55,625
Median Home Price: $227,100
Crime Per 100k: 4,175

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 10 small towns in Washington are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Washington:

  1. Mesa
  2. Kahlotus
  3. Latah

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Washington

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price Crime Per 100k
Hunts Point 1 498 $215,000 $2,698,000 1,418
Beaux Arts Village 2 455 $148,750 $915,900 1,418
Ruston 3 764 $78,929 $308,500 3,372
Roy 4 805 $71,979 $194,400 867
Albion 5 501 $50,227 $119,200 4,728
La Conner 6 680 $36,827 $283,500 3,799
Reardan 7 652 $39,357 $163,200 1,085
Carbonado 8 688 $66,250 $197,000 4,504
Wilkeson 9 398 $65,893 $197,700 4,290
Index 10 163 $55,625 $227,100 4,175
South Prairie 11 469 $60,972 $228,600 4,321
Toledo 12 825 $38,295 $159,100 4,824
South Cle Elum 13 569 $49,063 $182,200 4,618
Cathlamet 14 608 $39,750 $207,600 4,509
Waverly 15 80 $56,250 $105,900 4,479
Winthrop 16 375 $42,621 $262,500 3,333
Ione 17 292 $55,313 $139,200 4,726
Roslyn 18 1,003 $54,750 $224,700 1,485
Wilbur 19 766 $35,463 $109,700 829
Bucoda 20 580 $46,389 $143,600 4,876
Harrington 21 354 $45,147 $84,700 5,031
Bingen 22 951 $39,438 $175,900 2,044
Rockford 23 524 $52,500 $144,200 4,933
Pateros 24 554 $41,875 $133,000 4,923
Endicott 25 273 $42,813 $86,700 5,404
Farmington 26 207 $65,833 $107,800 5,074
Elmer City 27 355 $52,031 $127,100 4,730
Fairfield 28 510 $35,417 $137,300 4,957
Naches 29 851 $36,875 $145,500 4,984
Concrete 30 771 $41,154 $166,200 3,257
Garfield 31 537 $38,452 $133,800 4,892
Mossyrock 32 720 $35,870 $115,800 2,426
Lyman 33 581 $43,438 $193,800 4,781
Oakville 34 650 $40,000 $146,600 4,559
Coulee City 35 578 $42,885 $132,700 4,931
Sprague 36 478 $26,000 $112,500 5,132
Harrah 37 582 $45,469 $107,500 5,458
Hartline 38 97 $42,500 $95,000 5,216
Oakesdale 39 441 $50,833 $103,100 5,142
Lind 40 430 $42,656 $84,000 5,438
Prescott 41 276 $38,750 $106,300 5,211
Pe Ell 42 502 $39,500 $128,000 5,038
Vader 43 516 $46,250 $128,000 5,191
Rock Island 44 689 $39,583 $123,700 5,337
Mansfield 45 296 $26,667 $88,800 5,466
Metaline Falls 46 279 $33,125 $97,500 4,936
Rosalia 47 669 $30,577 $97,200 5,518
Grand Coulee 48 1,013 $33,375 $112,900 6,916
Spangle 49 185 $25,500 $102,300 5,432
Marcus 50 137 $36,250 $119,300 5,298
Hamilton 51 430 $42,188 $116,500 5,465
Almira 52 235 $38,750 $65,600 5,608
Wilson Creek 53 292 $31,125 $87,600 5,352
George 54 821 $47,959 $113,600 5,485
Tekoa 55 691 $30,147 $107,300 5,376
Lacrosse 56 262 $28,750 $68,100 5,322
Riverside 57 599 $33,235 $109,000 5,479
Malden 58 153 $30,000 $75,300 5,629
Springdale 59 320 $33,750 $115,000 5,671
Nespelem 60 166 $29,167 $96,100 5,671
Washtucna 61 123 $28,194 $70,800 4,622
Northport 62 316 $24,063 $88,900 5,551
Latah 63 177 $34,000 $73,300 5,671
Kahlotus 64 338 $30,078 $47,500 5,671
Mesa 65 472 $35,500 $92,400 5,671

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