Best Small Towns In Washington For 2020


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. This is our sixth time ranking the best small places to live in Washington.

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 15, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Washington for 2020.

What’s the best small town in Washington? Yarrow Point is the best small town in Washington based on the most recent Census data. 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:

The 15 Best Small Towns In Washington For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,168
Median Income: $223,750 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $2,000,001 (2nd Best)
More on Yarrow Point: Data | Homes For Sale

Medina, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,260
Median Income: $192,120 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $2,000,001 (2nd Best)
More on Medina: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Clyde Hill, WA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,295
Median Income: $212,396 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $2,000,001 (2nd Best)
More on Clyde Hill: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,929
Median Income: $101,625 (30th Best)
Median Home Value: $258,600 (86th Best)
More on Walla Walla East: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,189
Median Income: $190,521 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,161,300 (4th Best)
More on Woodway: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,018
Median Income: $127,733 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $490,200 (13th Best)
More on Canterwood: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,335
Median Income: $143,724 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $399,700 (45th Best)
More on Lake Marcel-Stillwater: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,457
Median Income: $109,727 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $344,300 (58th Best)
More on Wilderness Rim: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,233
Median Income: $90,250 (51st Best)
Median Home Value: $433,900 (33rd Best)
More on Ruston: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,302
Median Income: $98,233 (34th Best)
Median Home Value: $422,600 (36th Best)
More on Riverbend: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,726
Median Income: $93,679 (45th Best)
Median Home Value: $401,700 (43rd Best)
More on Kayak Point: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,815
Median Income: $98,179 (35th Best)
Median Home Value: $427,800 (35th Best)
More on Sunnyslope: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,744
Median Income: $115,321 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $481,400 (14th Best)
More on Monroe North: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 3,254
Median Income: $115,195 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $459,600 (17th Best)
More on Lake Holm: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,665
Median Income: $115,000 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $522,600 (11th Best)
More on Cathcart: Data | Homes For Sale

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 2014-2018 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 – 190 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 190, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Washington. Top of that list — Yarrow Point. You can download the data here.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Washington.

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 15 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. Neah Bay
  3. Mabton

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Washington

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Yarrow Point, WA 1,168 $223,750.0 $2,000,001.0
2 Medina, WA 3,260 $192,120.0 $2,000,001.0
3 Clyde Hill, WA 3,295 $212,396.0 $2,000,001.0
4 Walla Walla East, WA 1,929 $101,625.0 $258,600.0
5 Woodway, WA 1,189 $190,521.0 $1,161,300.0
6 Canterwood, WA 3,018 $127,733.0 $490,200.0
7 Lake Marcel-Stillwater, WA 1,335 $143,724.0 $399,700.0
8 Wilderness Rim, WA 1,457 $109,727.0 $344,300.0
9 Ruston, WA 1,233 $90,250.0 $433,900.0
10 Riverbend, WA 2,302 $98,233.0 $422,600.0
11 Kayak Point, WA 1,726 $93,679.0 $401,700.0
12 Sunnyslope, WA 3,815 $98,179.0 $427,800.0
13 Monroe North, WA 1,744 $115,321.0 $481,400.0
14 Lake Holm, WA 3,254 $115,195.0 $459,600.0
15 Cathcart, WA 2,665 $115,000.0 $522,600.0
16 Browns Point, WA 1,088 $99,375.0 $524,100.0
17 Allyn, WA 2,497 $81,378.0 $305,900.0
18 Larch Way, WA 4,257 $91,151.0 $437,200.0
19 Meadowdale, WA 3,152 $114,397.0 $404,500.0
20 Dash Point, WA 1,019 $115,625.0 $511,800.0
21 Carnation, WA 1,767 $79,688.0 $392,200.0
22 Esperance, WA 4,213 $85,264.0 $405,600.0
23 Lofall, WA 2,025 $83,113.0 $305,200.0
24 Lake Goodwin, WA 3,842 $95,104.0 $380,100.0
25 Chico, WA 2,840 $104,435.0 $417,800.0
26 Fife Heights, WA 2,333 $102,143.0 $387,400.0
27 Bunk Foss, WA 3,872 $108,833.0 $454,100.0
28 High Bridge, WA 3,076 $122,891.0 $559,300.0
29 Geneva, WA 2,655 $68,990.0 $442,300.0
30 Mirrormont, WA 3,717 $118,542.0 $590,300.0
31 Rosedale, WA 4,512 $96,736.0 $457,100.0
32 Summitview, WA 1,047 $72,472.0 $288,500.0
33 Venersborg, WA 4,349 $110,066.0 $438,900.0
34 Fall City, WA 2,313 $92,292.0 $473,700.0
35 Ames Lake, WA 1,597 $126,250.0 $607,100.0
36 West Pasco, WA 1,478 $104,398.0 $306,300.0
37 Duluth, WA 1,563 $90,042.0 $450,700.0
38 Arlington Heights, WA 2,573 $97,612.0 $374,400.0
39 Enetai, WA 2,110 $69,167.0 $222,400.0
40 Mcmillin, WA 1,745 $92,455.0 $338,700.0
41 Waterville, WA 1,415 $50,880.0 $167,300.0
42 Leavenworth, WA 2,260 $51,875.0 $297,500.0
43 Meadow Glade, WA 2,906 $114,931.0 $469,500.0
44 La Center, WA 3,172 $90,278.0 $319,900.0
45 Fox Island, WA 3,692 $95,761.0 $568,500.0
46 Maple Heights-Lake Desire, WA 3,682 $103,511.0 $456,000.0
47 Clearview, WA 3,932 $99,779.0 $554,000.0
48 Erlands Point-Kitsap Lake, WA 3,338 $68,000.0 $260,300.0
49 Warm Beach, WA 2,699 $83,125.0 $361,400.0
50 Sisco Heights, WA 2,518 $101,382.0 $382,800.0
51 White Salmon, WA 2,485 $55,677.0 $341,400.0
52 Fobes Hill, WA 3,052 $107,000.0 $450,000.0
53 Shadow Lake, WA 2,286 $110,200.0 $452,200.0
54 Port Ludlow, WA 2,771 $63,837.0 $354,400.0
55 Three Lakes, WA 3,560 $117,462.0 $449,200.0
56 Chain Lake, WA 4,942 $109,375.0 $457,300.0
57 Brush Prairie, WA 2,820 $72,344.0 $402,200.0
58 Crocker, WA 1,180 $102,143.0 $288,700.0
59 Lewisville, WA 1,671 $93,906.0 $434,300.0
60 Seabeck, WA 1,060 $68,542.0 $428,500.0
61 Black Diamond, WA 4,434 $94,650.0 $399,800.0
62 Buckley, WA 4,680 $64,201.0 $263,400.0
63 Dayton, WA 2,682 $44,524.0 $156,200.0
64 Boulevard Park, WA 3,723 $56,325.0 $256,800.0
65 Langley, WA 1,186 $58,667.0 $457,600.0
66 Town And Country, WA 4,728 $64,796.0 $172,200.0
67 Hansville, WA 3,402 $80,893.0 $323,800.0
68 Coupeville, WA 1,766 $48,177.0 $326,000.0
69 Purdy, WA 1,682 $65,833.0 $287,800.0
70 Davenport, WA 1,717 $54,663.0 $150,900.0
71 Medical Lake, WA 4,937 $59,596.0 $193,800.0
72 Bryant, WA 2,003 $97,458.0 $367,500.0
73 Wauna, WA 4,323 $82,201.0 $309,700.0
74 Friday Harbor, WA 2,554 $49,323.0 $316,000.0
75 Cashmere, WA 3,139 $54,597.0 $223,100.0
76 Elma, WA 3,245 $49,632.0 $172,700.0
77 Garrett, WA 1,449 $48,558.0 $256,700.0
78 Kingston, WA 2,307 $73,488.0 $346,400.0
79 North Bonneville, WA 1,155 $65,385.0 $240,600.0
80 Indianola, WA 3,536 $74,688.0 $288,000.0
81 Canyon Creek, WA 3,520 $81,810.0 $239,900.0
82 Cosmopolis, WA 1,493 $54,516.0 $151,200.0
83 Fern Prairie, WA 2,140 $88,403.0 $361,000.0
84 Nooksack, WA 1,678 $62,938.0 $251,000.0
85 Rocky Point, WA 1,579 $58,973.0 $249,700.0
86 Asotin, WA 1,105 $56,004.0 $197,700.0
87 Colfax, WA 2,878 $51,875.0 $166,500.0
88 Big Lake, WA 1,641 $103,259.0 $408,500.0
89 Southworth, WA 2,073 $76,914.0 $277,300.0
90 Gleed, WA 2,634 $67,005.0 $170,700.0
91 Yacolt, WA 1,575 $63,542.0 $213,800.0
92 Millwood, WA 1,686 $60,563.0 $167,900.0
93 Granite Falls, WA 3,575 $60,259.0 $218,300.0
94 Central Park, WA 3,072 $67,333.0 $205,100.0
95 Lake Bosworth, WA 1,007 $102,995.0 $409,600.0
96 Coulee Dam, WA 1,230 $53,269.0 $152,900.0
97 Lake Cassidy, WA 3,511 $96,496.0 $438,000.0
98 Zillah, WA 3,118 $64,037.0 $170,800.0
99 Rochester, WA 3,232 $76,703.0 $231,200.0
100 Alderton, WA 3,280 $81,719.0 $307,200.0

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.