These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Washington For 2018


We analyzed over 190 places in Washington to determine where the 1% live.

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Snoqualmie, Sammamish, Woodinville: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Washington. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Evergreen State.

Snoqualmie in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $131,453 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 1.8%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Washington share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey for the 118 places in Washington with more than 5,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in Washington for 2018:

  1. Snoqualmie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Sammamish (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Woodinville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Mercer Island (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Bainbridge Island (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Normandy Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Brier (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Ridgefield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Newcastle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Redmond (Photos | Homes For Sale)

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Washington.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out the best places to live in Washington or the poorest.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In Washington For 2018

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2012-2016 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 118 places with more than 5,000 people in Washington, we ranked each place from 1 to 118 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Snoqualmie, crowned the “Richest Place In Washington For 2018”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 118 places.

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1. Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie, Washington

Population: 12,510
Median Income: $131,453
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Snoqualmie: Homes For Sale | Data
Snoqualmie (/snokwlmi/ snoh-KWOHL-mee) is a city next to Snoqualmie Falls in King County, Washington. It is twenty-five miles east of Seattle. This city is home to the Northwest Railway Museum. The population was 13,190 in a 2016 census estimate.

2. Sammamish

Sammamish, Washington

Population: 62,136
Median Income: $153,253
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Sammamish: Homes For Sale | Data
Sammamish /smæ.m/ is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 63,773 in a 2016 census estimate. Located on a plateau, the city is bordered by Lake Sammamish to the west and the Snoqualmie Valley to the east.

3. Woodinville

Woodinville, Washington

Population: 11,549
Median Income: $106,341
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
More on Woodinville: Homes For Sale | Data
Woodinville is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 10,938 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Seattle metropolitan area. There is also a much larger population with Woodinville mailing addresses in adjacent unincorporated areas of King (Cottage Lake) and Snohomish (Maltby) counties. Woodinville has waterfront parks on the Sammamish River, sweeping winery and brewery grounds, and densely wooded residential areas.

4. Mercer Island

Mercer Island, Washington

Population: 24,467
Median Income: $129,348
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Mercer Island: Homes For Sale | Data
Mercer Island is a city in King County, Washington, United States located on an island of the same name in the southern portion of Lake Washington. Mercer Island is in the Seattle Metropolitan Area, with Seattle located to its west and Bellevue located to its east.

5. Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island, Washington

Population: 23,576
Median Income: $102,906
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
More on Bainbridge Island: Homes For Sale | Data
Bainbridge Island is a city in Kitsap County, Washington, United States, and is coextensive with the eponymous island in Puget Sound. The population was 23,025 at the 2010 census, making Bainbridge Island the second largest city in Kitsap County.

6. Normandy Park

Normandy Park, Washington

Population: 6,598
Median Income: $89,425
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 1.6%
More on Normandy Park: Homes For Sale | Data
Normandy Park is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 6,335 at the 2010 census.

7. Brier

Brier, Washington

Population: 6,530
Median Income: $105,901
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.1%
More on Brier: Homes For Sale | Data
Brier is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. It is bordered by Mountlake Terrace to the west, Lynnwood to the north, Bothell to the east, and the Lake Forest Park to the south. The population was 6,087 at the 2010 census.

8. Ridgefield

Ridgefield, Washington

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,112
Median Income: $88,286
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Ridgefield: Homes For Sale | Data
Ridgefield is a city in the pastoral, rolling-hills countryside of northern Clark County, Washington, in the United States. The population was 4,763 at the 2010 census.

9. Newcastle

Newcastle, Washington

Population: 11,189
Median Income: $111,955
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Newcastle: Homes For Sale | Data
Newcastle is an Eastside city in King County, Washington, United States. Its population was 10,380 at the 2010 census.

10. Redmond

Redmond, Washington

Source: Public domain

Population: 59,268
Median Income: $107,341
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
More on Redmond: Homes For Sale | Data
Redmond is a city in King County, Washington, United States, located 16 miles (26 km) east of Seattle, within the high-tech enclave of Seattle metropolitan area. The population is 62,458 in 2016, an increase from the 2010 census, up from 45,256 in the 2000 census. Redmond is commonly recognized as the home of Microsoft and Nintendo of America. With an annual bike race on city streets and the state’s only velodrome, Redmond is also known as the “Bicycle Capital of the Northwest”.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Washington For 2018

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Washington, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Washington.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Washington, according to data:

Poorest: Cheney
2nd Poorest: Pullman
3rd Poorest: Wapato

For more Washington reading , check out:

  • 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Washington
  • 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Washington
  • 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Washington
  • Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Washington

    Rank City Median Income
    1 Snoqualmie $131,453
    2 Sammamish $153,253
    3 Woodinville $106,341
    4 Mercer Island $129,348
    5 Bainbridge Island $102,906
    6 Normandy Park $89,425
    7 Brier $105,901
    8 Ridgefield $88,286
    9 Newcastle $111,955
    10 Redmond $107,341
    11 Mill Creek $88,345
    12 Camas $94,350
    13 Covington $88,806
    14 Edgewood $83,514
    15 Bellevue $100,703
    16 Issaquah $92,071
    17 Kirkland $95,939
    18 Mukilteo $98,823
    19 Kenmore $93,227
    20 Lake Forest Park $96,217
    21 Lynden $61,828
    22 Duvall $125,123
    23 Lake Stevens $79,975
    24 Edmonds $78,181
    25 Milton $66,744
    26 Poulsbo $60,720
    27 Maple Valley $98,925
    28 Bothell $86,167
    29 Mountlake Terrace $66,512
    30 Bonney Lake $85,975
    31 Seattle $74,458
    32 Orting $71,981
    33 Richland $69,833
    34 West Richland $84,419
    35 Renton $66,050
    36 Monroe $70,270
    37 Woodland $62,344
    38 Anacortes $61,922
    39 Prosser $53,268
    40 Tumwater $62,050
    41 Shoreline $70,398
    42 Washougal $70,943
    43 Fircrest $69,278
    44 North Bend $90,395
    45 Selah $50,107
    46 Marysville $67,027
    47 Snohomish $56,763
    48 Arlington $66,615
    49 Dupont $76,962
    50 Steilacoom $67,500
    51 Stanwood $50,441
    52 Puyallup $64,342
    53 Battle Ground $60,644
    54 Gig Harbor $64,931
    55 University Place $60,947
    56 Liberty Lake $62,428
    57 Lynnwood $53,308
    58 Sumner $57,303
    59 Enumclaw $55,644
    60 Des Moines $59,948
    61 Federal Way $58,855
    62 Kent $61,033
    63 Burien $54,546
    64 East Wenatchee $50,947
    65 Port Townsend $44,753
    66 Lacey $59,624
    67 Auburn $60,262
    68 College Place $40,747
    69 Pasco $57,440
    70 Wenatchee $45,606
    71 Fife $56,871
    72 Othello $48,495
    73 Pacific $53,301
    74 Ephrata $56,989
    75 Spokane Valley $47,567
    76 Kennewick $52,134
    77 Vancouver $52,004
    78 Seatac $48,487
    79 Port Orchard $63,634
    80 Ferndale $56,859
    81 Tacoma $53,553
    82 Olympia $54,523
    83 Connell $49,221
    84 Oak Harbor $46,959
    85 Everett $50,933
    86 Moses Lake $47,005
    87 Tukwila $48,490
    88 Mount Vernon $49,307
    89 Union Gap $37,202
    90 Sequim $38,655
    91 Chehalis $34,257
    92 Spokane $43,274
    93 Ellensburg $31,644
    94 Bremerton $47,358
    95 Ocean Shores $36,950
    96 Yelm $51,405
    97 Burlington $47,500
    98 Bellingham $44,441
    99 Quincy $51,508
    100 Walla Walla $41,817

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