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

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

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