These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Washington For 2019


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

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Data updated for 2019.

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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.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Washington for 2019:

  1. Yarrow Point (Homes)
  2. Medina (Photos | Homes)
  3. Clyde Hill (Photos | Homes)
  4. Walla Walla East (Homes)
  5. Woodway (Homes)
  6. Larch Way (Homes)
  7. Monroe North (Homes)
  8. Wilderness Rim (Homes)
  9. Chico (Homes)
  10. Sunnyslope (Homes)

If you live in one of these small towns like Yarrow 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.

For more reading on the Evergreen State check out:

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Washington

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 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)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 186 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 186, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Washington. Top of that list — Yarrow Point.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Washington.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,184
Median Income: $225,500 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $2,000,000 (1st Best)
More on Yarrow Point: Data | Homes For Sale

Medina, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,217
Median Income: $186,484 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,692,700 (2nd Best)
More on Medina: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Clyde Hill, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,231
Median Income: $205,500 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,686,700 (3rd Best)
More on Clyde Hill: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,877
Median Income: $97,589 (27th Best)
Median Home Value: $255,300 (77th Best)
More on Walla Walla East: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,289
Median Income: $153,958 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,023,500 (4th Best)
More on Woodway: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,117
Median Income: $88,043 (44th Best)
Median Home Value: $396,700 (32nd Best)
More on Larch Way: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,704
Median Income: $106,932 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $453,200 (16th Best)
More on Monroe North: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,443
Median Income: $102,031 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $307,600 (57th Best)
More on Wilderness Rim: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,635
Median Income: $103,864 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $390,800 (34th Best)
More on Chico: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,641
Median Income: $94,583 (32nd Best)
Median Home Value: $413,400 (25th Best)
More on Sunnyslope: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,693
Median Income: $91,797 (40th Best)
Median Home Value: $355,400 (45th Best)
More on Kayak Point: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,241
Median Income: $96,875 (30th Best)
Median Home Value: $403,700 (29th Best)
More on Riverbend: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,263
Median Income: $114,141 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $420,200 (22nd Best)
More on Lake Holm: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,220
Median Income: $147,756 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $440,600 (18th Best)
More on Canterwood: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,632
Median Income: $65,778 (78th Best)
Median Home Value: $386,800 (35th Best)
More on Geneva: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,122
Median Income: $92,917 (39th Best)
Median Home Value: $461,000 (14th Best)
More on Browns Point: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,007
Median Income: $83,462 (50th Best)
Median Home Value: $294,000 (64th Best)
More on Ruston: Data | Homes For Sale

La Center, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 3,122
Median Income: $88,173 (43rd Best)
Median Home Value: $288,800 (66th Best)
More on La Center: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,650
Median Income: $69,306 (69th Best)
Median Home Value: $301,000 (61st Best)
More on Allyn: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,655
Median Income: $130,250 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $409,700 (27th Best)
More on Shadow Lake: Data | Homes For Sale

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 20 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. Peaceful Valley
  2. Basin City
  3. Moses Lake North

For more Washington reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Washington

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Yarrow Point 1,184 $225,500.0 $2,000,000.0
2 Medina 3,217 $186,484.0 $1,692,700.0
3 Clyde Hill 3,231 $205,500.0 $1,686,700.0
4 Walla Walla East 1,877 $97,589.0 $255,300.0
5 Woodway 1,289 $153,958.0 $1,023,500.0
6 Larch Way 4,117 $88,043.0 $396,700.0
7 Monroe North 1,704 $106,932.0 $453,200.0
8 Wilderness Rim 1,443 $102,031.0 $307,600.0
9 Chico 2,635 $103,864.0 $390,800.0
10 Sunnyslope 3,641 $94,583.0 $413,400.0
11 Kayak Point 1,693 $91,797.0 $355,400.0
12 Riverbend 2,241 $96,875.0 $403,700.0
13 Lake Holm 3,263 $114,141.0 $420,200.0
14 Canterwood 3,220 $147,756.0 $440,600.0
15 Geneva 2,632 $65,778.0 $386,800.0
16 Browns Point 1,122 $92,917.0 $461,000.0
17 Ruston 1,007 $83,462.0 $294,000.0
18 La Center 3,122 $88,173.0 $288,800.0
19 Allyn 2,650 $69,306.0 $301,000.0
20 Shadow Lake 2,655 $130,250.0 $409,700.0
21 Dash Point 1,007 $105,833.0 $486,900.0
22 Lake Goodwin 3,879 $82,240.0 $355,900.0
23 Fife Heights 2,185 $102,639.0 $367,700.0
24 Bunk Foss 3,604 $109,750.0 $415,800.0
25 Carnation 1,808 $79,038.0 $349,600.0
26 Mirrormont 3,682 $110,403.0 $562,700.0
27 West Pasco 1,233 $105,795.0 $280,200.0
28 Cathcart 2,506 $107,267.0 $510,400.0
29 Enetai 2,231 $68,194.0 $217,400.0
30 Clearview 3,907 $94,258.0 $525,400.0
31 White Salmon 2,453 $47,418.0 $315,300.0
32 Meadowdale 3,049 $100,625.0 $375,900.0
33 High Bridge 3,028 $120,109.0 $511,200.0
34 Rosedale 4,459 $97,344.0 $453,700.0
35 Warm Beach 2,495 $81,277.0 $345,800.0
36 Seabeck 1,141 $76,635.0 $394,800.0
37 Lofall 2,211 $79,602.0 $282,200.0
38 Fox Island 3,848 $93,043.0 $517,600.0
39 Fall City 1,903 $98,950.0 $479,200.0
40 Esperance 3,902 $79,509.0 $362,500.0
41 Venersborg 4,196 $104,804.0 $403,700.0
42 Meadow Glade 2,895 $104,561.0 $416,800.0
43 Ames Lake 1,526 $109,702.0 $594,300.0
44 Chain Lake 4,280 $100,694.0 $401,500.0
45 Port Ludlow 2,642 $61,577.0 $350,800.0
46 Duluth 1,379 $89,958.0 $461,400.0
47 Waterville 1,696 $48,542.0 $154,900.0
48 Mcmillin 1,673 $85,341.0 $310,600.0
49 Garrett 1,531 $48,404.0 $243,800.0
50 Lewisville 1,503 $93,365.0 $371,100.0
51 Arlington Heights 2,826 $96,496.0 $369,100.0
52 Manson 1,532 $68,005.0 $256,600.0
53 Sisco Heights 2,810 $98,085.0 $337,200.0
54 Leavenworth 1,993 $48,636.0 $280,900.0
55 Hansville 3,809 $58,182.0 $298,300.0
56 Davenport 1,615 $57,135.0 $132,300.0
57 Fern Prairie 2,611 $86,307.0 $357,200.0
58 Marrowstone 1,084 $64,159.0 $436,900.0
59 Southworth 2,280 $73,843.0 $273,300.0
60 Big Lake 1,784 $101,500.0 $422,600.0
61 Boulevard Park 3,916 $53,607.0 $243,300.0
62 Medical Lake 4,923 $50,441.0 $186,500.0
63 Brush Prairie 2,783 $67,852.0 $340,400.0
64 Colfax 2,853 $50,357.0 $162,500.0
65 Three Lakes 3,390 $112,880.0 $411,400.0
66 Buckley 4,593 $59,355.0 $229,200.0
67 Fobes Hill 2,779 $97,000.0 $409,000.0
68 Wauna 4,412 $87,939.0 $294,200.0
69 Sultan 4,953 $66,250.0 $233,100.0
70 Kingston 1,875 $62,841.0 $306,300.0
71 Millwood 1,684 $58,438.0 $162,200.0
72 North Bonneville 1,048 $58,646.0 $230,000.0
73 Friday Harbor 2,419 $49,400.0 $293,500.0
74 Black Diamond 4,378 $75,880.0 $357,900.0
75 Lake Cassidy 3,591 $93,586.0 $382,200.0
76 Cashmere 3,140 $47,917.0 $215,500.0
77 Indianola 3,520 $73,482.0 $265,700.0
78 Cosmopolis 1,593 $60,000.0 $153,100.0
79 Kettle Falls 1,661 $43,295.0 $157,800.0
80 Longview Heights 3,678 $66,140.0 $198,500.0
81 Nooksack 1,667 $64,853.0 $228,400.0
82 Zillah 3,099 $61,310.0 $175,400.0
83 Crocker 1,332 $94,280.0 $234,000.0
84 Rocky Point 1,449 $51,786.0 $213,900.0
85 Dayton 2,720 $40,806.0 $152,500.0
86 Rochester 2,923 $73,694.0 $221,700.0
87 Asotin 1,226 $55,987.0 $207,700.0
88 Bryant 1,990 $93,981.0 $317,800.0
89 Granite Falls 3,529 $50,000.0 $204,000.0
90 Summitview 1,182 $71,188.0 $307,900.0
91 Bethel 3,673 $74,722.0 $223,600.0
92 Waitsburg 1,186 $56,458.0 $154,800.0
93 Point Roberts 1,251 $46,298.0 $242,000.0
94 Canyon Creek 3,319 $77,083.0 $207,200.0
95 Coupeville 1,916 $46,500.0 $305,800.0
96 Purdy 1,087 $46,607.0 $280,400.0
97 Ravensdale 1,579 $86,739.0 $438,200.0
98 South Creek 2,500 $58,364.0 $211,500.0
99 Central Park 2,741 $56,682.0 $178,800.0
100 Alderton 3,303 $71,250.0 $279,500.0

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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