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 some more reading about Washington:

How We Determined The Richest Places In Washington For 2018

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 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.

Snoqualmie, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 12,510.0
Median Income: $131,453.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
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.

Sammamish, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 62,136.0
Median Income: $153,253.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
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.

Woodinville, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,549.0
Median Income: $106,341.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
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.

Mercer Island, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 24,467.0
Median Income: $129,348.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
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: 23,576.0
Median Income: $102,906.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
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: 6,598.0
Median Income: $89,425.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 1.6%
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: 6,530.0
Median Income: $105,901.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.1%
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: 6,112.0
Median Income: $88,286.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
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.

Newcastle, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,189.0
Median Income: $111,955.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
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.

Redmond, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 59,268.0
Median Income: $107,341.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
More on Redmond: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Washington

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Snoqualmie 3.83 $131,453
2 Sammamish 4.67 $153,253
3 Woodinville 5.83 $106,341
4 Mercer Island 8.83 $129,348
5 Bainbridge Island 10.0 $102,906
6 Normandy Park 10.33 $89,425
7 Brier 10.33 $105,901
8 Ridgefield 11.0 $88,286
9 Newcastle 11.33 $111,955
10 Redmond 14.17 $107,341
11 Mill Creek 16.5 $88,345
12 Camas 17.33 $94,350
13 Covington 18.83 $88,806
14 Edgewood 20.0 $83,514
15 Bellevue 20.67 $100,703
16 Issaquah 20.67 $92,071
17 Kirkland 22.17 $95,939
18 Mukilteo 22.83 $98,823
19 Kenmore 23.83 $93,227
20 Lake Forest Park 25.0 $96,217
21 Lynden 26.33 $61,828
22 Duvall 26.5 $125,123
23 Lake Stevens 26.83 $79,975
24 Edmonds 27.5 $78,181
25 Milton 29.0 $66,744
26 Poulsbo 30.5 $60,720
27 Maple Valley 30.83 $98,925
28 Bothell 31.33 $86,167
29 Mountlake Terrace 31.5 $66,512
30 Bonney Lake 35.67 $85,975
31 Seattle 37.5 $74,458
32 Orting 38.83 $71,981
33 Richland 39.17 $69,833
34 West Richland 39.83 $84,419
35 Renton 40.83 $66,050
36 Monroe 41.67 $70,270
37 Woodland 41.83 $62,344
38 Anacortes 42.5 $61,922
39 Prosser 42.67 $53,268
40 Tumwater 44.0 $62,050
41 Shoreline 45.33 $70,398
42 Washougal 45.5 $70,943
43 Fircrest 46.33 $69,278
44 North Bend 47.33 $90,395
45 Selah 49.83 $50,107
46 Marysville 49.83 $67,027
47 Snohomish 50.0 $56,763
48 Arlington 52.83 $66,615
49 Dupont 53.17 $76,962
50 Steilacoom 53.5 $67,500
51 Stanwood 53.83 $50,441
52 Puyallup 53.83 $64,342
53 Battle Ground 54.33 $60,644
54 Gig Harbor 55.5 $64,931
55 University Place 55.83 $60,947
56 Liberty Lake 57.67 $62,428
57 Lynnwood 57.83 $53,308
58 Sumner 57.83 $57,303
59 Enumclaw 58.17 $55,644
60 Des Moines 59.0 $59,948
61 Federal Way 60.0 $58,855
62 Kent 61.33 $61,033
63 Burien 62.67 $54,546
64 East Wenatchee 63.17 $50,947
65 Port Townsend 63.5 $44,753
66 Lacey 65.0 $59,624
67 Auburn 65.17 $60,262
68 College Place 65.67 $40,747
69 Pasco 66.0 $57,440
70 Wenatchee 66.67 $45,606
71 Fife 67.33 $56,871
72 Othello 68.67 $48,495
73 Pacific 69.33 $53,301
74 Ephrata 69.5 $56,989
75 Spokane Valley 71.33 $47,567
76 Kennewick 72.5 $52,134
77 Vancouver 73.67 $52,004
78 Seatac 74.0 $48,487
79 Port Orchard 74.0 $63,634
80 Ferndale 75.33 $56,859
81 Tacoma 78.5 $53,553
82 Olympia 79.17 $54,523
83 Connell 79.17 $49,221
84 Oak Harbor 79.33 $46,959
85 Everett 79.33 $50,933
86 Moses Lake 79.83 $47,005
87 Tukwila 84.5 $48,490
88 Mount Vernon 84.83 $49,307
89 Union Gap 85.83 $37,202
90 Sequim 87.0 $38,655
91 Chehalis 87.0 $34,257
92 Spokane 87.33 $43,274
93 Ellensburg 89.17 $31,644
94 Bremerton 89.17 $47,358
95 Ocean Shores 90.33 $36,950
96 Yelm 91.33 $51,405
97 Burlington 91.33 $47,500
98 Bellingham 92.0 $44,441
99 Quincy 93.33 $51,508
100 Walla Walla 93.5 $41,817

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