These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Washington For 2018


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.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Washington for 2018:

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

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.

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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 – 194 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 194, 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.

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1. Yarrow Point


Population: 1,149
Median Income: $213,750 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $2,000,000 (1st Best)
More on Yarrow Point: Data| Homes For Sale

2. Medina

Medina, WA

Source: Public domain

Population: 3,169
Median Income: $182,604 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,654,600 (2nd Best)
More on Medina: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

3. Clyde Hill


Population: 3,197
Median Income: $193,516 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,578,900 (3rd Best)
More on Clyde Hill: Data| Homes For Sale

4. Woodway


Population: 1,367
Median Income: $149,821 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $957,600 (4th Best)
More on Woodway: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Walla Walla East


Population: 1,729
Median Income: $98,362 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $246,400 (84th Best)
More on Walla Walla East: Data| Homes For Sale

6. Larch Way


Population: 4,118
Median Income: $90,816 (33rd Best)
Median Home Value: $357,500 (38th Best)
More on Larch Way: Data| Homes For Sale

7. Monroe North


Population: 1,784
Median Income: $111,635 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $384,600 (28th Best)
More on Monroe North: Data| Homes For Sale

8. Wilderness Rim


Population: 1,332
Median Income: $94,536 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $293,500 (64th Best)
More on Wilderness Rim: Data| Homes For Sale

9. Chico


Population: 2,463
Median Income: $106,274 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $373,300 (32nd Best)
More on Chico: Data| Homes For Sale

10. Browns Point


Population: 1,187
Median Income: $92,292 (29th Best)
Median Home Value: $461,600 (12th Best)
More on Browns Point: Data| Homes For Sale

11. Tanner


Population: 1,090
Median Income: $131,875 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $484,800 (8th Best)
More on Tanner: Data| Homes For Sale

12. Canterwood


Population: 3,409
Median Income: $129,773 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $392,500 (22nd Best)
More on Canterwood: Data| Homes For Sale

13. Meadowdale


Population: 2,998
Median Income: $94,414 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $369,300 (34th Best)
More on Meadowdale: Data| Homes For Sale

14. Lake Marcel-Stillwater


Population: 1,201
Median Income: $134,500 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $377,000 (31st Best)
More on Lake Marcel-Stillwater: Data| Homes For Sale

15. Lake Holm


Population: 3,111
Median Income: $92,938 (27th Best)
Median Home Value: $391,100 (24th Best)
More on Lake Holm: Data| Homes For Sale

16. Allyn


Population: 2,477
Median Income: $68,538 (70th Best)
Median Home Value: $331,300 (46th Best)
More on Allyn: Data| Homes For Sale

17. Port Ludlow


Population: 2,490
Median Income: $67,500 (73rd Best)
Median Home Value: $326,600 (49th Best)
More on Port Ludlow: Data| Homes For Sale

18. Maple Heights-Lake Desire


Population: 3,512
Median Income: $99,904 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $394,500 (20th Best)
More on Maple Heights-Lake Desire: Data| Homes For Sale

19. La Center


Population: 3,079
Median Income: $83,170 (44th Best)
Median Home Value: $264,500 (77th Best)
More on La Center: Data| Homes For Sale

20. Cathcart


Population: 2,665
Median Income: $85,000 (41st Best)
Median Home Value: $474,100 (10th Best)
More on Cathcart: 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. Moses Lake North
  3. Neah Bay

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Washington

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Yarrow Point 1,149 $213,750 $2,000,000
2 Medina 3,169 $182,604 $1,654,600
3 Clyde Hill 3,197 $193,516 $1,578,900
4 Woodway 1,367 $149,821 $957,600
5 Walla Walla East 1,729 $98,362 $246,400
6 Larch Way 4,118 $90,816 $357,500
7 Monroe North 1,784 $111,635 $384,600
8 Wilderness Rim 1,332 $94,536 $293,500
9 Chico 2,463 $106,274 $373,300
10 Browns Point 1,187 $92,292 $461,600
11 Tanner 1,090 $131,875 $484,800
12 Canterwood 3,409 $129,773 $392,500
13 Meadowdale 2,998 $94,414 $369,300
14 Lake Marcel-Stillwater 1,201 $134,500 $377,000
15 Lake Holm 3,111 $92,938 $391,100
16 Allyn 2,477 $68,538 $331,300
17 Port Ludlow 2,490 $67,500 $326,600
18 Maple Heights-Lake Desire 3,512 $99,904 $394,500
19 La Center 3,079 $83,170 $264,500
20 Cathcart 2,665 $85,000 $474,100
21 Mirrormont 3,791 $100,509 $518,200
22 Ames Lake 1,506 $120,089 $560,300
23 Geneva 2,630 $75,208 $364,400
24 Shadow Lake 2,755 $119,318 $378,000
25 Kayak Point 1,800 $105,592 $368,000
26 Carnation 1,902 $78,859 $305,800
27 Sunnyslope 3,650 $82,419 $401,000
28 Esperance 3,868 $72,273 $340,100
29 Riverbend 2,057 $98,952 $334,500
30 Bunk Foss 3,484 $97,297 $358,300
31 Rosedale 4,719 $93,750 $431,600
32 Fox Island 3,829 $90,667 $468,900
33 West Pasco 2,398 $102,292 $279,500
34 Clearview 3,907 $91,275 $474,800
35 High Bridge 2,634 $108,000 $431,100
36 Meadow Glade 2,744 $96,250 $391,600
37 Mcmillin 1,618 $82,750 $309,000
38 Lake Goodwin 3,640 $71,958 $333,000
39 Seabeck 1,086 $75,156 $317,600
40 Venersborg 4,148 $102,188 $380,200
41 Duluth 1,541 $85,167 $391,000
42 Big Lake 1,904 $81,250 $394,400
43 Fern Prairie 2,453 $83,268 $338,200
44 Lofall 2,257 $74,844 $285,900
45 Marrowstone 1,152 $60,223 $428,100
46 Hockinson 4,936 $81,080 $356,400
47 Hansville 3,783 $66,761 $288,200
48 Blaine 4,988 $64,063 $303,800
49 Leavenworth 2,147 $45,184 $266,400
50 Enetai 2,234 $62,554 $204,400
51 Fife Heights 2,098 $80,156 $328,900
52 Garrett 1,601 $49,119 $174,600
53 Sisco Heights 2,725 $96,743 $319,200
54 Warm Beach 2,565 $76,619 $300,900
55 Chain Lake 4,840 $92,064 $390,500
56 White Salmon 2,025 $46,651 $316,600
57 Longview Heights 3,211 $61,179 $194,900
58 Palouse 1,048 $54,583 $160,300
59 Lewisville 1,838 $80,847 $327,200
60 Fobes Hill 2,942 $90,833 $412,300
61 Granite Falls 3,458 $58,698 $192,200
62 Arlington Heights 2,786 $92,550 $338,800
63 Colfax 2,851 $45,769 $158,500
64 Erlands Point-Kitsap Lake 3,095 $56,332 $217,400
65 Millwood 1,655 $54,000 $156,100
66 Friday Harbor 2,273 $46,964 $289,900
67 Brush Prairie 2,646 $67,768 $307,000
68 Three Lakes 3,254 $106,429 $386,200
69 Southworth 2,158 $74,049 $268,800
70 Asotin 1,330 $57,984 $237,200
71 Black Diamond 4,321 $70,259 $320,600
72 Lake Cassidy 3,470 $90,741 $372,900
73 Lochsloy 2,789 $81,071 $314,400
74 Nooksack 1,763 $63,355 $209,200
75 Fall City 1,976 $77,700 $444,600
76 Davenport 1,634 $54,313 $140,700
77 Lake Roesiger 1,012 $88,125 $488,900
78 Cashmere 3,150 $50,179 $210,500
79 Waterville 1,729 $47,708 $152,900
80 Indianola 3,573 $68,313 $251,500
81 Manson 1,596 $44,215 $254,600
82 Kettle Falls 1,447 $37,411 $151,400
83 Wauna 4,447 $75,086 $257,000
84 Colville 4,724 $37,350 $151,400
85 Sultan 4,887 $61,948 $194,600
86 Coupeville 2,104 $46,657 $291,100
87 Purdy 1,069 $46,250 $265,900
88 Langley 1,300 $51,786 $419,000
89 North Bonneville 1,049 $52,708 $228,000
90 Ritzville 1,622 $39,554 $116,300
91 Point Roberts 1,203 $41,618 $229,200
92 Zillah 3,111 $61,197 $172,000
93 Grapeview 1,003 $66,250 $268,600
94 Buckley 4,516 $60,466 $223,700
95 Kingston 1,859 $46,758 $252,800
96 Prairie Heights 4,433 $87,375 $242,600
97 Bethel 3,764 $72,941 $217,800
98 Rochester 2,912 $75,699 $221,100
99 Cosmopolis 1,539 $60,898 $166,500
100 Dayton 2,702 $38,547 $151,800

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