Richest Cities In Washington For 2020


We analyzed 118 places in Washington to determine where the 1% live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Washington.

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You might have to win the Washington lottery if you want to live in The Evergreen State's wealthiest places.

Now, if you've never been lucky, you might want to listen up if you're thinking about calling one of Washington's richest places home. We think that you can increase your luck if you take a look at HomeSnacks' list of the top ten richest cities in this Pacific Northwest Paradise for 2020.

But first, some insight into how we identified the top ten. We looked at the latest Census data from the American Community Survey for 120 Washington cities with more than 5,000 residents. And, folks, if you live in the greater Seattle and Tacoma you are definitely Washington's one percent and you are definitely rubbing elbows with the Joneses.

But, if you don't live where wealthy Washingtonians are 'rolling in the dough,' you're going to need to find a job that makes at least $95,859/year. And currently, the highest paying jobs are in healthcare and aviation. Next, you're going to have to have a vacation home in sunny San Diego, California so you have something to talk about at your fancy, rich parties.

So, want to know where Washington's finest live who only drink the cleanest Crystal Springs Water from Kent and only wear the Eddie Baur brand out of Bellevue? Keep reading.

In order to determine Washington's richest places, we also looked at the things that wealthy people find worthy of their time and efforts: high paying jobs and low poverty. To this, we gave every city that made Washington's richest places a Wealth score. Congrats to Washington's number one richest city, they scored a perfect 10/10!

So, what is Washington's richest place for 2020? According to the most recent data, that would be Sammamish.

To see the other cities in Washington where money REALLY does grow on trees, take a look below. And if you don't find what you're looking for there, head to the bottom.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Washington:

The 10 Richest Cities In Washington For 2020

Sammamish, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 64,049
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $165,318
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
More on Sammamish: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sammamish 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.

Snoqualmie, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,317
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $144,148
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.3%
More on Snoqualmie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Snoqualmie 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.

Bainbridge Island, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 24,060
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $115,230
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Bainbridge Island: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Bainbridge Island by HomeSnacks User

Just moved to Bainbridge Island last year and we think it's fabulous! Weak reasons for BI to appear on this list! And I'll take 35 minute ferry ride any day instead of sitting in my car in traffic!

That 35 minutes; read the paper, check emails, and a fabulous Happy Hour on the ride home! Are you kidding me!!! Who made up this list- BTW, there's plenty to do on the island! Hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, shopping, boating, golf, tennis, should I go on-

Ridgefield, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,178
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $95,859
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Ridgefield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Mercer Island, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 25,492
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $142,413
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
More on Mercer Island: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Brier, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,819
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $122,623
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 6.0%
More on Brier: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Woodinville, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 12,026
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $100,306
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Woodinville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 and Snohomish counties. Woodinville has waterfront parks on the Sammamish River, sweeping winery and brewery grounds, and densely wooded residential areas.

Redmond, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 63,197
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Income: $123,449
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
More on Redmond: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Redmond is a city in King County, Washington, United States, located 16 miles 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".

Camas, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 22,615
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 12)
Median Income: $106,513
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Camas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Camas is a city in Clark County, Washington, with a population of 19,355 at the 2010 census. The east side of town borders the city of Washougal, Washington, and the west side of town borders Vancouver, Washington. Camas lies along the Washington side of the Columbia River, across from Troutdale, Oregon, and is part of the Portland metropolitan area.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,447
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Income: $98,687
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
More on Covington: Real Estate | Data

Covington is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 17,575 at the time of the 2010 census. Prior to the 2010 census, Covington was counted as part of Covington-Sawyer-Wilderness CDP.

How We Determined The Richest Places In Washington For 2020

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Washington
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 2014-2018 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 120 places with more than 5,000 people in Washington, we ranked each place from 1 to 120 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, Sammamish, crowned the "Richest City In Washington For 2020". You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 120 places.

There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In Washington For 2020

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

For more Washington reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Washington

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Sammamish 4.0 $165,318
2 Snoqualmie 4.67 $144,148
3 Bainbridge Island 9.33 $115,230
4 Ridgefield 9.33 $95,859
5 Mercer Island 11.33 $142,413
6 Brier 11.33 $122,623
7 Woodinville 13.67 $100,306
8 Redmond 15.33 $123,449
9 Camas 15.67 $106,513
10 Covington 16.0 $98,687
11 Duvall 16.67 $156,205
12 Lake Forest Park 16.67 $111,234
13 Mill Creek 17.0 $101,239
14 Edgewood 17.0 $97,984
15 Kirkland 18.67 $109,715
16 Normandy Park 18.67 $94,693
17 Newcastle 21.0 $119,125
18 Bellevue 21.33 $112,283
19 Bonney Lake 22.0 $91,368
20 Edmonds 23.0 $87,693
21 Mukilteo 24.67 $105,146
22 Lake Stevens 26.67 $88,594
23 Washougal 27.33 $87,283
24 Kenmore 28.67 $105,007
25 Lynden 29.0 $64,433
26 Bothell 29.67 $94,986
27 Pacific 30.0 $61,157
28 Sultan 30.67 $78,688
29 Maple Valley 31.0 $107,299
30 Issaquah 31.33 $101,508
31 Mountlake Terrace 32.67 $72,765
32 Milton 33.33 $76,352
33 West Richland 34.33 $92,952
34 Shoreline 38.67 $80,489
35 Monroe 39.0 $79,661
36 Arlington 40.67 $76,097
37 Seattle 41.67 $85,562
38 Battle Ground 42.0 $70,774
39 Renton 42.33 $74,756
40 Selah 44.0 $53,383
41 Gig Harbor 45.33 $80,469
42 Richland 45.67 $74,405
43 Marysville 46.33 $76,372
44 Anacortes 47.33 $67,698
45 Snohomish 48.0 $66,209
46 Orting 48.67 $80,497
47 Puyallup 49.33 $70,711
48 Prosser 49.67 $53,902
49 Steilacoom 49.67 $76,912
50 Stanwood 50.67 $61,756
51 University Place 51.0 $70,796
52 Fircrest 53.33 $77,292
53 Dupont 53.33 $83,158
54 North Bend 56.0 $106,135
55 Poulsbo 56.33 $67,813
56 Lynnwood 56.67 $59,416
57 Tumwater 59.67 $65,167
58 Sumner 59.67 $59,846
59 Liberty Lake 60.33 $70,658
60 Fife 62.0 $61,447
61 Seatac 62.67 $58,995
62 Enumclaw 62.67 $57,769
63 Wenatchee 63.33 $51,561
64 Moses Lake 64.67 $51,800
65 Auburn 64.67 $68,947
66 Blaine 65.33 $70,964
67 East Wenatchee 66.0 $52,691
68 Lacey 67.33 $66,675
69 Des Moines 67.33 $63,875
70 Burien 67.67 $62,315
71 Kent 68.33 $68,880
72 Ephrata 70.67 $56,429
73 Port Orchard 70.67 $70,598
74 Pasco 71.67 $61,662
75 Federal Way 72.33 $66,011
76 Oak Harbor 73.33 $52,127
77 Vancouver 73.33 $58,865
78 Spokane Valley 74.33 $49,510
79 Yelm 74.67 $65,377
80 Tacoma 75.33 $58,617
81 Woodland 76.67 $61,818
82 Everett 76.67 $57,205
83 Ferndale 78.0 $64,370
84 Kennewick 78.33 $56,132
85 Sedro-Woolley 80.67 $54,887
86 Walla Walla 82.67 $48,678
87 Airway Heights 82.67 $50,030
88 Mount Vernon 82.67 $55,368
89 Olympia 83.33 $58,606
90 Port Townsend 83.67 $52,000
91 Connell 84.33 $51,618
92 Othello 88.0 $51,071
93 Ocean Shores 88.67 $43,641
94 Burlington 90.33 $51,887
95 Sequim 92.67 $37,901
96 Tukwila 93.67 $57,215
97 Spokane 94.0 $47,822
98 Union Gap 94.0 $38,957
99 College Place 94.33 $47,525
100 Bremerton 95.67 $50,311

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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.

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