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):
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.
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.
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
Population: 455 Median Income: $148,750
Median Home Price: $915,900
Crime Per 100k: 1,418
Population 2014: 764 Median Income: $78,929
Median Home Price: $308,500
Crime Per 100k: 3,372
Population 2014: 805 Median Income: $71,979
Median Home Price: $194,400
Crime Per 100k: 867
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
Population 2014: 652 Median Income: $39,357
Median Home Price: $163,200
Crime Per 100k: 1,085
Population 2014: 688 Median Income: $66,250
Median Home Price: $197,000
Crime Per 100k: 4,504
Population 2014: 398 Median Income: $65,893
Median Home Price: $197,700
Crime Per 100k: 4,290
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:
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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Washington
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