These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Washington For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Washington.

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Sammamish, Snoqualmie, Mercer Island: 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.

Sammamish in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $157,271 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 2.4%.

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 2013-2017 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 2019:

  1. Sammamish (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Snoqualmie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Mercer Island (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Bainbridge Island (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Normandy Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Brier (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Ridgefield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Duvall (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Woodinville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Newcastle (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 some more reading about Washington:

How We Determined The Richest Places In Washington For 2019

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 2013-2017 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, Sammamish, crowned the “Richest City In Washington For 2019”.

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

Sammamish, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 62,877
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $157,271
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
More on Sammamish: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Snoqualmie, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 12,944
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $136,508
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 1.3%
More on Snoqualmie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Mercer Island, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 24,768
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $136,644
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
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.

Bainbridge Island, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 23,689
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $109,341
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
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.

Normandy Park, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 6,634
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $95,313
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Normandy Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Normandy Park is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 6,335 at the 2010 census.

Brier, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,697
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $111,346
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
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.

Ridgefield, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,637
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $93,958
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
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.

Duvall, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 7,683
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 14)
Median Income: $151,612
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
More on Duvall: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Duvall is a city in King County, Washington, United States, located on SR 203, halfway between Monroe and Carnation. The population consists of 7,674 people as of 2015.

Woodinville, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,675
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Median Income: $102,006
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
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 (Cottage Lake) and Snohomish (Maltby) counties. Woodinville has waterfront parks on the Sammamish River, sweeping winery and brewery grounds, and densely wooded residential areas.

Newcastle, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,346
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $118,333
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Newcastle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newcastle is an Eastside city in King County, Washington, United States. Its population was 10,380 at the 2010 census.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Washington For 2019

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: Kelso

For more Washington reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Washington

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Sammamish 4.5 $157,271
2 Snoqualmie 5.17 $136,508
3 Mercer Island 8.83 $136,644
4 Bainbridge Island 9.0 $109,341
5 Normandy Park 9.5 $95,313
6 Brier 10.0 $111,346
7 Ridgefield 10.0 $93,958
8 Duvall 11.17 $151,612
9 Woodinville 11.17 $102,006
10 Newcastle 12.5 $118,333
11 Redmond 13.83 $115,300
12 Mill Creek 15.5 $93,063
13 Edgewood 15.83 $90,544
14 Covington 17.83 $93,980
15 Kirkland 20.5 $104,319
16 Bellevue 21.17 $105,402
17 Lake Forest Park 21.33 $101,429
18 Kenmore 21.83 $96,277
19 Edmonds 23.67 $82,697
20 Camas 24.83 $101,167
21 Mukilteo 25.0 $100,650
22 Issaquah 25.33 $100,844
23 Lake Stevens 28.5 $82,500
24 Lynden 29.0 $62,478
25 Bonney Lake 31.33 $90,580
26 Bothell 32.0 $89,477
27 Maple Valley 32.83 $102,130
28 Shoreline 34.0 $76,271
29 Washougal 34.17 $76,998
30 Milton 35.17 $71,441
31 Mountlake Terrace 35.83 $69,727
32 Richland 37.0 $71,025
33 Renton 38.33 $70,661
34 Seattle 38.83 $79,565
35 Selah 42.17 $51,930
36 West Richland 43.83 $86,686
37 Steilacoom 44.17 $70,523
38 Battle Ground 44.33 $64,888
39 Anacortes 44.5 $63,950
40 Arlington 45.33 $70,790
41 Prosser 45.67 $53,880
42 Stanwood 46.0 $61,114
43 Poulsbo 47.0 $61,455
44 Monroe 48.67 $74,093
45 Marysville 48.83 $72,734
46 Orting 51.5 $74,938
47 Gig Harbor 51.83 $74,159
48 Pacific 51.83 $55,799
49 Woodland 54.0 $63,933
50 Liberty Lake 54.33 $64,955
51 Puyallup 54.5 $65,719
52 North Bend 54.67 $100,417
53 Tumwater 54.67 $64,786
54 Port Orchard 55.17 $67,750
55 Dupont 55.17 $77,712
56 Blaine 55.5 $67,453
57 Lynnwood 57.33 $58,852
58 Snohomish 58.17 $59,310
59 Des Moines 58.17 $60,814
60 Lacey 59.0 $64,631
61 Federal Way 59.17 $62,086
62 Enumclaw 59.83 $55,082
63 Ephrata 60.17 $61,284
64 University Place 60.33 $64,883
65 Sumner 61.17 $56,991
66 Auburn 62.17 $64,400
67 East Wenatchee 62.83 $51,938
68 Wenatchee 63.0 $48,565
69 Moses Lake 65.67 $49,851
70 Kent 67.17 $64,573
71 Pasco 68.17 $59,969
72 Port Townsend 69.0 $50,330
73 Spokane Valley 69.0 $48,015
74 Burien 69.83 $60,732
75 Seatac 71.0 $51,025
76 Othello 73.5 $48,491
77 Fircrest 74.0 $63,534
78 College Place 74.17 $40,236
79 Fife 74.83 $58,649
80 Ferndale 75.33 $61,125
81 Vancouver 75.67 $55,593
82 Kennewick 79.0 $54,420
83 Airway Heights 79.17 $49,844
84 Tacoma 79.5 $55,506
85 Ellensburg 79.83 $36,016
86 Yelm 80.5 $57,901
87 Mount Vernon 81.83 $52,267
88 Everett 82.0 $54,562
89 Oak Harbor 82.83 $48,857
90 Connell 84.17 $51,364
91 Olympia 85.5 $55,539
92 Spokane 87.83 $44,768
93 Ocean Shores 88.33 $40,451
94 Bremerton 89.0 $48,757
95 Walla Walla 90.67 $46,650
96 Bellingham 92.17 $47,886
97 Burlington 92.17 $50,150
98 Quincy 92.17 $54,712
99 Tukwila 93.83 $51,318
100 Union Gap 96.17 $38,667

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