These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Washington


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

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Sammamish, Snoqualmie, Cottage Lake: 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 $144,775 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 2.2%.

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.

After analyzing Census data from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey for the 190 places in Washington with more than 5,000 people, we were left with this set of the ten richest places in the Evergreen State:

  1. Sammamish
  2. Snoqualmie
  3. Cottage Lake
  4. Mercer Island
  5. Bothell East
  6. Union Hill-Novelty Hill
  7. Silver Firs
  8. Felida
  9. Klahanie
  10. Newcastle

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list. Oh, and the poorest place in Washington? That would be Wapato.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In Washington

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

However, we don’t think 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 2010-2014 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 190 places with more than 5,000 people in Washington, we ranked each place from 1 to 190 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 Place In Washington”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 190 places.

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1. Sammamish

Sammamish, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,077
Median Income: 14477500.0%
Poverty Level: 2.2%
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

2. Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,625
Median Income: 13006000.0%
Poverty Level: 1.5%
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%

3. Cottage Lake


Population: 23,318
Median Income: 13480200.0%
Poverty Level: 3.5%
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%

4. Mercer Island

Mercer Island, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,636
Median Income: 12565100.0%
Poverty Level: 3.5%
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%

5. Bothell East


Population: 8,959
Median Income: 10457300.0%
Poverty Level: 3.9%
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%

6. Union Hill-Novelty Hill


Population: 21,313
Median Income: 12460600.0%
Poverty Level: 2.8%
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%

7. Silver Firs


Population: 22,398
Median Income: 10248000.0%
Poverty Level: 3.6%
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%

8. Felida


Population: 7,416
Median Income: 10025000.0%
Poverty Level: 3.1%
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%

9. Klahanie


Population: 11,538
Median Income: 11683000.0%
Poverty Level: 2.3%
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%

10. Newcastle

Newcastle, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,792
Median Income: 11045600.0%
Poverty Level: 6.0%
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%

There You Have It – The Richest Places In Washington

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 WA, according to data:

Poorest: Wapato
2nd Poorest: Kelso
3rd Poorest: Hoquiam
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Detailed List Of Richest Places In Washington

City Rank Population Median Income Poverty Level Unemployment Rate
Sammamish 1 49,077 $144,775 2.2% 4.4%
Snoqualmie 2 11,625 $130,060 1.5% 4.7%
Cottage Lake 3 23,318 $134,802 3.5% 4.5%
Mercer Island 4 23,636 $125,651 3.5% 4.5%
Bothell East 5 8,959 $104,573 3.9% 2.8%
Union Hill-Novelty Hill 6 21,313 $124,606 2.8% 6.1%
Silver Firs 7 22,398 $102,480 3.6% 5.2%
Felida 8 7,416 $100,250 3.1% 5.8%
Klahanie 9 11,538 $116,830 2.3% 6.6%
Newcastle 10 10,792 $110,456 6.0% 5.0%
Maltby 11 11,447 $107,535 5.4% 5.6%
Artondale 12 13,089 $87,850 4.6% 4.7%
Woodinville 13 11,201 $97,604 5.2% 5.3%
Lake Morton-Berrydale 14 9,654 $92,000 4.4% 5.7%
Mill Creek 15 18,667 $88,770 4.8% 4.8%
DuPont 16 8,851 $80,754 4.2% 5.0%
Wollochet 17 6,332 $84,436 5.3% 4.7%
Issaquah 18 32,551 $88,770 4.6% 6.0%
Fairwood CDP (King County) 19 19,088 $93,402 5.3% 6.1%
Mukilteo 20 20,635 $89,942 4.5% 6.1%
Normandy Park 21 6,491 $90,446 2.8% 7.2%
Redmond 22 56,704 $99,586 7.1% 5.8%
Cavalero 23 5,251 $98,605 2.3% 8.2%
East Renton Highlands 24 11,674 $92,556 4.7% 7.1%
Lake Tapps 25 12,306 $103,065 6.6% 6.5%
Clarkston Heights-Vineland 26 6,754 $62,743 3.6% 3.7%
Bothell West 27 18,243 $85,258 3.9% 7.3%
Eastmont 28 20,443 $89,931 4.4% 7.4%
Mill Creek East 29 16,754 $98,998 6.0% 7.3%
Mount Vista 30 7,745 $71,906 6.6% 4.7%
Camas 31 20,458 $84,643 5.3% 7.0%
Vashon 32 10,447 $72,568 5.8% 6.0%
Bainbridge Island 33 23,206 $95,976 6.3% 7.2%
Maple Valley 34 24,040 $97,809 4.2% 8.5%
Brier 35 6,255 $98,125 5.9% 7.7%
Kirkland 36 83,320 $90,611 6.8% 7.0%
Ridgefield 37 5,373 $91,205 5.4% 8.0%
Hobart 38 6,548 $83,036 7.2% 6.3%
Covington 39 18,361 $87,315 6.8% 7.0%
Graham 40 24,330 $71,951 6.1% 6.7%
Bellevue 41 132,268 $92,524 8.1% 7.1%
Lake Forest Park 42 12,938 $90,495 8.3% 7.3%
Hockinson 43 5,129 $79,097 4.7% 8.5%
Lake Shore 44 6,560 $70,093 4.0% 8.4%
Picnic Point 45 8,969 $91,552 4.8% 9.2%
Edmonds 46 40,343 $72,926 8.6% 6.3%
Woods Creek 47 5,881 $101,506 5.0% 9.7%
Kenmore 48 21,263 $88,472 9.1% 7.1%
Edgewood 49 9,538 $78,328 6.1% 8.2%
West Richland 50 12,680 $81,778 7.4% 8.0%
Town and Country 51 5,450 $60,109 8.6% 4.4%
Richland 52 51,116 $69,372 8.8% 6.5%
Lakeland South 53 13,047 $77,554 6.5% 8.4%
Bothell 54 34,920 $75,643 7.6% 7.8%
Duvall 55 7,185 $105,729 7.8% 9.2%
Milton 56 7,260 $67,069 6.3% 7.9%
Bonney Lake 57 18,040 $79,725 8.2% 8.0%
Waller 58 7,681 $63,125 5.3% 8.2%
Poulsbo 59 9,436 $57,296 7.5% 5.3%
Liberty Lake 60 8,027 $71,898 3.5% 9.9%
North Bend 61 6,127 $73,571 12.9% 5.7%
Alderwood Manor 62 8,628 $67,917 7.0% 8.2%
Lynden 63 12,579 $59,021 7.4% 6.2%
Sudden Valley 64 6,749 $76,464 7.2% 8.8%
Fairwood CDP (Spokane County) 65 8,312 $64,475 11.8% 5.7%
Tumwater 66 18,128 $62,258 10.6% 6.3%
Minnehaha 67 8,864 $60,417 5.6% 8.7%
Lake Stevens 68 29,258 $70,345 8.6% 8.5%
Otis Orchards-East Farms 69 6,538 $58,714 10.6% 5.1%
Lake Stickney 70 8,324 $63,359 10.5% 6.9%
Finley 71 6,204 $59,266 5.9% 8.5%
Mountlake Terrace 72 20,318 $61,477 8.6% 7.5%
Fircrest 73 6,592 $60,544 6.8% 8.6%
Steilacoom 74 6,083 $57,434 10.1% 6.1%
Seattle 75 637,850 $67,365 14.0% 6.5%
Lakeland North 76 12,860 $70,005 8.3% 9.0%
Barberton 77 5,895 $79,071 14.0% 7.6%
Terrace Heights 78 6,701 $57,865 7.1% 8.2%
Frederickson 79 19,754 $69,250 8.1% 9.3%
Monroe 80 17,564 $66,649 10.1% 8.3%
Anacortes 81 15,965 $59,369 10.6% 6.8%
Renton 82 95,479 $65,223 11.0% 7.5%
Summit 83 8,025 $65,152 11.4% 7.4%
South Hill 84 54,878 $74,010 8.0% 10.1%
Mead 85 7,314 $59,773 8.1% 8.4%
Parkwood 86 7,312 $56,924 10.6% 6.6%
Orting 87 6,941 $72,810 10.3% 9.3%
Prairie Ridge 88 11,935 $70,905 9.2% 9.5%
Selah 89 7,328 $50,333 10.8% 5.0%
Manchester 90 5,081 $67,241 9.4% 9.2%
Martha Lake 91 16,441 $77,229 9.9% 9.8%
Shoreline 92 54,254 $64,096 10.4% 8.7%
Camano 93 15,201 $66,890 7.1% 10.6%
East Port Orchard 94 5,098 $57,960 10.3% 8.0%
Tracyton 95 5,909 $70,000 8.6% 10.3%
Spanaway 96 29,113 $59,988 9.9% 8.9%
Enumclaw 97 11,388 $56,764 11.9% 7.4%
North Lynnwood 98 17,602 $60,292 10.8% 8.7%
Marysville 99 62,472 $64,328 9.3% 10.3%
Snohomish 100 9,326 $52,250 12.8% 6.7%
Lacey 101 44,031 $59,885 9.7% 9.4%
Walnut Grove 102 10,705 $56,448 5.7% 10.9%
Clover Creek 103 7,052 $63,682 9.0% 10.5%
Elk Plain 104 13,947 $65,830 7.4% 12.5%
Stanwood 105 6,468 $53,600 12.1% 7.6%
Puyallup 106 38,092 $63,009 9.6% 10.4%
Bryn Mawr-Skyway 107 15,339 $57,575 11.5% 8.5%
Ephrata 108 7,888 $54,563 16.3% 6.7%
Kennewick 109 75,971 $51,739 15.9% 6.5%
Battle Ground 110 18,168 $57,347 11.0% 8.7%
Silverdale 111 20,364 $59,260 9.2% 10.6%
Sumner 112 9,548 $52,275 10.7% 8.8%
College Place 113 8,905 $43,133 17.4% 5.5%
Orchards 114 21,259 $60,184 10.4% 10.6%
Arlington 115 18,370 $61,131 11.8% 10.4%
Wenatchee 116 32,627 $47,168 12.5% 7.9%
Fife 117 9,346 $57,500 12.7% 9.1%
Pasco 118 65,858 $54,700 16.6% 7.7%
Bangor Base 119 6,355 $45,707 6.2% 10.8%
Connell 120 5,130 $51,094 17.1% 7.1%
Lynnwood 121 36,267 $50,562 14.3% 8.1%
Des Moines 122 30,403 $58,308 14.8% 8.9%
Gig Harbor 123 7,620 $64,087 12.0% 11.2%
Fort Lewis 124 13,776 $44,949 9.0% 9.4%
Five Corners 125 19,787 $65,645 11.3% 12.5%
Federal Way 126 91,676 $54,186 14.4% 8.7%
Summit View 127 7,033 $62,708 15.5% 10.0%
University Place 128 31,670 $59,164 10.1% 12.5%
Washougal 129 14,563 $60,353 10.7% 12.1%
Auburn 130 73,403 $57,635 14.9% 9.5%
Kent 131 122,620 $57,490 15.1% 9.4%
Burien 132 49,291 $52,140 17.4% 8.5%
Salmon Creek 133 20,985 $68,231 14.4% 13.8%
Tanglewilde 134 5,865 $53,255 21.1% 8.3%
Oak Harbor 135 22,220 $48,362 11.9% 9.8%
Olympia 136 47,847 $52,834 16.6% 9.0%
West Side Highway 137 5,659 $53,605 12.6% 10.6%
East Wenatchee 138 13,403 $52,989 13.5% 10.4%
Ferndale 139 12,040 $51,944 14.0% 10.0%
Spokane Valley 140 90,829 $48,274 14.1% 9.6%
Prosser 141 5,793 $53,736 12.4% 11.7%
Hazel Dell 142 19,590 $48,545 14.4% 10.1%
Birch Bay 143 8,475 $55,035 12.7% 13.0%
Port Townsend 144 9,168 $43,050 13.5% 10.4%
Woodland 145 5,535 $65,065 20.1% 14.1%
Moses Lake 146 21,141 $47,914 13.7% 11.3%
Pacific 147 6,845 $55,907 14.2% 13.5%
Port Orchard 148 12,715 $55,521 15.3% 12.0%
Vancouver 149 165,554 $50,379 14.5% 11.3%
Mount Vernon 150 32,356 $44,404 19.5% 9.4%
Burlington 151 8,466 $48,399 16.6% 10.6%
Everett 152 104,708 $48,562 16.1% 10.9%
Walla Walla 153 31,895 $42,348 20.8% 8.8%
Tacoma 154 201,794 $51,269 16.4% 11.3%
Spokane 155 210,142 $42,814 19.7% 9.5%
SeaTac 156 27,606 $45,573 19.6% 10.1%
White Center 157 14,228 $42,763 18.8% 9.6%
Ocean Shores 158 5,609 $43,496 10.7% 17.3%
Yelm 159 7,398 $49,658 18.8% 11.8%
Bellingham 160 82,080 $42,440 26.8% 9.6%
Union Gap 161 6,061 $34,624 30.8% 9.0%
Tukwila 162 19,573 $44,820 20.7% 11.1%
Parkland 163 36,263 $47,647 16.3% 13.0%
Sedro-Woolley 164 10,645 $44,014 18.1% 11.8%
Othello 165 7,524 $42,414 23.8% 10.4%
Bremerton 166 38,664 $43,527 21.1% 11.2%
Pullman 167 30,851 $24,487 51.7% 9.1%
Chehalis 168 7,265 $34,967 16.8% 11.4%
Yakima 169 92,806 $40,189 20.7% 11.2%
West Clarkston-Highland 170 5,224 $38,218 19.1% 11.3%
Midland 171 8,526 $42,929 15.8% 16.3%
Lakewood 172 58,890 $44,667 17.9% 14.1%
Country Homes 173 5,566 $46,607 28.3% 11.7%
Ellensburg 174 18,455 $28,341 45.5% 9.6%
Sequim 175 6,651 $38,739 15.4% 15.5%
Sunnyside 176 16,038 $32,641 17.6% 11.8%
Airway Heights 177 6,356 $37,989 22.8% 11.4%
Port Angeles 178 19,125 $39,524 19.7% 12.6%
Shelton 179 9,798 $40,833 25.0% 11.9%
Aberdeen 180 16,544 $39,735 23.3% 12.9%
Clarkston 181 7,318 $29,824 23.4% 11.9%
Longview 182 36,589 $37,827 22.6% 15.0%
Quincy 183 7,075 $38,322 25.1% 13.8%
Toppenish 184 9,007 $29,135 37.6% 11.9%
Centralia 185 16,664 $37,230 24.8% 15.4%
Grandview 186 11,023 $37,012 25.8% 15.3%
Cheney 187 11,014 $28,194 46.4% 12.5%
Hoquiam 188 8,560 $33,194 26.1% 17.1%
Kelso 189 11,837 $33,492 33.1% 22.5%
Wapato 190 5,043 $32,803 33.7% 17.1%

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