These Are The 10 Best Suburbs In Washington For 2018


We used science and data to determine the best suburbs in Washington for you to live.

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Are you sick of being a city slicker?

Do you long for life in suburban Washington? Where you can drive your overly-large vehicle to the store for groceries, and schlep the kids around to practices and appointments without worrying about a parking space?

We do too.

Public transportation is…icky at times. When you have to call an Uber to get to urgent care on a Friday night, that gets old after a while.

So, the question is, if you wanted to move out to the suburbs of Olympia, where would you go? And how would you decide on the ranking factors to help you pick which Washington suburb was best?

No worries. We got it all figured out here.

These are the 10 best suburbs in the Evergreen State:

  1. Mercer Island (Photos)
  2. Sammamish (Photos)
  3. Newcastle (Photos)
  4. Snoqualmie (Photos)
  5. Redmond (Photos)
  6. Kirkland (Photos)
  7. Woodinville (Photos)
  8. Brier (Photos)
  9. Mukilteo (Photos)
  10. Duvall (Photos)

Mercer Island is the place to be when it comes to being a soccer mom in suburban Washington.

So if you’re thinking of packing up your mini van and making a move to a quiet place to live in Washington, we’ve got you covered.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology. Or, check out the best places to live in Washington and the best places to raise a family in Washington.

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How do you determine which suburb is the best in Washington anyways?

To give you the best suburbs in Washington, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best city’ and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the suburb numbers for the Evergreen State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Washington, we looked at every town between 5,000 and 200,000 residents, and within 30 miles of a city that’s over 200,000 people (In other words, suburbs).

We paid particular attention to:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher is Better)
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Commute Time
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We ranked each suburb in Washington across a number of criteria from one to 70, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the town posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title ‘Best Suburb To Live In Washington’.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and awesome places to live in Washington

Read on to see why Mercer Island is the ‘burb with the most, while Shelton is probably not the best place to live in Washington.

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1. Mercer Island

Mercer Island, Wa

Population: 24,467
Median Income: $129,348
Median Home Price: $956,200
Mercer Island is located 7 miles east of Seattle.

2. Sammamish

Sammamish, Wa

Population: 62,136
Median Income: $153,253
Median Home Price: $624,800
Sammamish is located 14 miles east of Seattle.

3. Newcastle

Newcastle, Wa

Population: 11,189
Median Income: $111,955
Median Home Price: $579,600
Newcastle is located 10 miles east of Seattle.

4. Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie, Wa

Population: 12,510
Median Income: $131,453
Median Home Price: $471,800
Snoqualmie is located 23 miles east of Seattle.

5. Redmond

Redmond, Wa

Population: 59,268
Median Income: $107,341
Median Home Price: $525,000
Redmond is located 11 miles east of Seattle.

6. Kirkland

Kirkland, Wa

Population: 85,812
Median Income: $95,939
Median Home Price: $469,000
Kirkland is located 8 miles east of Seattle.

7. Woodinville

Woodinville, Wa

Population: 11,549
Median Income: $106,341
Median Home Price: $489,200
Woodinville is located 13 miles east of Seattle.

8. Brier

Brier, Wa

Population: 6,530
Median Income: $105,901
Median Home Price: $372,000
Brier is located 12 miles north of Seattle.

9. Mukilteo

Mukilteo, Wa

Population: 20,994
Median Income: $98,823
Median Home Price: $454,300
Mukilteo is located 20 miles north of Seattle.

10. Duvall

Duvall, Wa

Population: 7,534
Median Income: $125,123
Median Home Price: $402,900
Duvall is located 19 miles east of Seattle.

There You Have It – The Best Suburbs In Washington

Here’s a look at the worst suburbs in Washington according to the data:

  1. Shelton
  2. Airway Heights
  3. Tukwila

For more Washington reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Suburbs In Washington

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Mercer Island 1 24,467 $129,348 $956,200
Sammamish 2 62,136 $153,253 $624,800
Newcastle 3 11,189 $111,955 $579,600
Snoqualmie 4 12,510 $131,453 $471,800
Redmond 5 59,268 $107,341 $525,000
Kirkland 6 85,812 $95,939 $469,000
Woodinville 7 11,549 $106,341 $489,200
Brier 8 6,530 $105,901 $372,000
Mukilteo 9 20,994 $98,823 $454,300
Duvall 10 7,534 $125,123 $402,900
Mill Creek 11 19,372 $88,345 $411,700
Bellevue 12 136,718 $100,703 $608,500
Normandy Park 13 6,598 $89,425 $484,700
Camas 14 21,393 $94,350 $341,300
Maple Valley 15 25,093 $98,925 $312,600
Lake Forest Park 16 13,156 $96,217 $464,500
Bainbridge Island 17 23,576 $102,906 $569,700
Issaquah 18 34,728 $92,071 $477,200
Kenmore 19 21,830 $93,227 $427,700
Fircrest 20 6,660 $69,278 $282,400
Edmonds 21 41,020 $78,181 $413,000
Ridgefield 22 6,112 $88,286 $287,600
Bothell 23 43,153 $86,167 $372,700
Liberty Lake 24 8,566 $62,428 $263,000
Mountlake Terrace 25 20,747 $66,512 $274,900
Covington 26 19,172 $88,806 $271,200
Edgewood 27 9,862 $83,514 $307,800
Steilacoom 28 6,175 $67,500 $295,300
University Place 29 32,342 $60,947 $293,700
North Bend 30 6,475 $90,395 $424,100
Poulsbo 31 9,806 $60,720 $288,200
Lake Stevens 32 30,352 $79,975 $274,900
Shoreline 33 55,021 $70,398 $352,200
Milton 34 7,239 $66,744 $234,400
Dupont 35 9,224 $76,962 $310,600
Gig Harbor 36 8,307 $64,931 $347,400
Washougal 37 14,987 $70,943 $243,400
Bonney Lake 38 19,022 $85,975 $272,400
Tumwater 39 21,684 $62,050 $224,900
Battle Ground 40 18,987 $60,644 $223,000
Renton 41 98,499 $66,050 $313,500
Lacey 42 45,644 $59,624 $227,900
Orting 43 7,254 $71,981 $207,600
Snohomish 44 9,551 $56,763 $290,200
Monroe 45 17,906 $70,270 $261,600
Burien 46 50,187 $54,546 $290,500
Des Moines 47 30,904 $59,948 $266,500
Enumclaw 48 11,543 $55,644 $240,900
Pacific 49 7,042 $53,301 $211,600
Woodland 50 5,684 $62,344 $193,900
Olympia 51 49,608 $54,523 $246,100
Vancouver 52 169,982 $52,004 $217,200
Puyallup 53 39,274 $64,342 $258,800
Lynnwood 54 36,861 $53,308 $300,400
Cheney 55 11,479 $31,004 $176,100
Sumner 56 9,691 $57,303 $234,700
Spokane Valley 57 93,322 $47,567 $169,900
Kent 58 125,492 $61,033 $262,800
Federal Way 59 93,986 $58,855 $259,300
Port Orchard 60 13,265 $63,634 $256,500
Everett 61 106,580 $50,933 $242,200
Auburn 62 75,607 $60,262 $241,800
Yelm 63 8,066 $51,405 $202,500
Bremerton 64 39,388 $47,358 $178,600
Lakewood 65 59,489 $45,261 $218,600
Seatac 66 28,298 $48,487 $246,100
Fife 67 9,645 $56,871 $229,100
Tukwila 68 19,878 $48,490 $248,600
Airway Heights 69 6,523 $42,014 $150,800
Shelton 70 9,832 $38,550 $150,400

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