Best Towns to Live in Washington 2016
As part of the Pacific Northwest, Washington is located below British Columbia, a province in Canada, and on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The state is named after George Washington. The most populated city is Seattle, but the capital is located in Olympia. Washington was acquired by the United States after the Oregon Treaty with the British in 1846, but it didn’t become a state until 1889. The list below provides you with the best towns in Washington.
Our ratings were compiled by combining census, education, wealth , happiness and internal RentApplication data to create a unified rating system for all of the towns in Washington. Ranked below are the top towns.
Located in King County, Redwood has a population of 56,704. The town has an unemployment rate of 4.1% and a poverty rate of 7.6%, which are both well below the national average. For people who enjoy cycling, Redwood is known for its bike races and velodrome.
#2 Port Townsend
Port Townsend is a town in Jefferson County. It has a population of 9,168. 77% of the residents in Port Townsend have at least some college education. The town has a rich history that is still evident by its many Victorian style buildings.
A town in Skagit County, Anacortes has a population of 15,965. The unemployment rate here is low at 3.7%. Anacortes is found on Fidalgo Island with a marina for those who enjoy boating and fishing.
Located in King County, Snoqualmie has a population of 11,625. The poverty rate here is extremely low at 1.2%, which can be partly attributed to the high education level of the residents as 89% of them have at least some college education.
Tumwater is a town in Thurston County, and it has a population of 18,128. The town has a low unemployment rate at 4.2%. It is also located right below Olympia, which is the state capital.
Also located in Thurston County, Olympia has a population of 47,847. 76% of the residents have at least some college education. Olympia is the state capital of Washington.
#7 Oak Harbor
Oak Harbor is located in Island County, and it has a population of 22,220. The houses maintain a high value at $221,100, which is above the national average. This is a waterfront community for people who enjoy boating and fishing.
Renton is located in King County, and it has a population of 95,479. The median household income here is above the national average at $65,223. Renton is thirty minutes from Seattle for those looking to commute into the city.
Located in Whatcom County, Lynden has a population of 12,579. The town has an unemployment rate of 3.7% and a poverty rate of 8.4%, which are both below the national average and positive signs for the town’s economy.
Ellensburg is a town in Kittitas County, and it has a population of 18,455. 69% of the residents have at least some college education. That’s partly because the town is home to Central Washington University.
A town located in Benton County, Richland has a population of 51,116. The median household income is above the national average at $69,372. The Columbia River borders Richland, adding to the town’s beauty.
Bremerton is a town in Kitsap County, and it has a population of 38,664. 93% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. The town is a center for art with stages, clubs, and museums set up for musicians and artists.
Located in Clallam County, Sequim has a population of 6,651. 91% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. For those who enjoy boating and fishing, Sequim is located on Sequim Bay.
#14 North Bend
A town in King County, North Bend has a population of 6,127. North Bend has a low unemployment rate at 4%. The town is surrounded by both state and national parks, providing residents with plenty to do.
Stanwood is located in Snohomish County, and it has a population of 6,468. The median home value here is $268,300. Stanwood provides residents with a small town community.
Located in Clark County, Ridgefield has a population of 5,373. The poverty rate here is extremely low at 5.8%, and the residents are well educated, as 98% of them have at least a high school diploma.
Another town located in King County, Auburn has a population of 73,403. For renters, the median rent here is $1,013. For people who travel into Seattle, Auburn is located just thirty minutes south of the city.
Kennewick is a town in Benton County. It has a population of 75,971. The town has a low unemployment rate at 4.3%. Kennewick borders the Columbia River, which is a benefit for residents who enjoy boating and fishing.
#19 Port Angeles
Located in Clallam County, Port Angeles has a population of 19,125. 92% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. Port Angeles is located just outside of Olympia State Park for residents who enjoy the outdoors.
#20 Spokane Valley
Spokane Valley is located in Spokane County, and it has a population of 90,826. The poverty rate is below the national average at 14.8%. The Spokane River adds to the beauty of Spokane Valley.
A town in Lewis County, Chehalis has a population of 7,265. For renters, the median rent in Chehalis is $733. Chehalis provides residents with access to the town government, as it is the county seat of Lewis County.
Located in Grant County, Ephrata has a population of 7,888. The unemployment rate is low at 4.3% in Ephrata. The town is surrounded by multiple state parks for residents to visit in their spare time.
Lakewood is a town in Pierce County and has a population of 58,890. The median home value here is $217,200. The town is located between Tacoma and Olympia, providing access to both cities.
A town in Spokane County, Cheney has a population of 11,014. 80% of the residents have at least some college education. That is partly thanks to Cheney being to home of Eastern Washington University.
#25 Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon is located in Skagit County, and it has a population of 32,356. At 5.9%, the unemployment rate here is below the national average. The Skagit River that borders Mount Vernon adds to the town’s beauty.
Located in Grays Harbor County, Aberdeen has a population of 16,544. The median home value here is $117,900, and the median rent is $720. Aberdeen sits at the mouth of the Chihalis River, which adds an unique quality to this town.
#27 Moses Lake
Found in Grant County, Moses Lake has a population of 21,141. The median household income here is $47,914. The town of Moses Lake is located on Moses Lake in the center of Washington, which provides residents with easier access to all corners of the state.
Longview is a town in Cowlitz County, and it has a population of 36,589. 87% of the residents here have at least a high school diploma. Longview sits between Olympia and Portland, Oregon for those who frequently travel between the two cities.
Located in Lewis County, Centralia has a population of 16,664. For renters, the median rent here is $825. Centralia sits just south of Olympia on the Chihalis River, providing an unique quality to the beautiful town.
A town in Mason County, Shelton has a population of 9,798. The median home value here is $162,600. The town is a small community that sits on the shores of Oakland Bay.
Yakima is located in Yakima County, and it has a population of 92,806. For renters, the median rent here is $772. Yakima is a center for music, hosting many festivals and concerts.
Woodland is a town in Cowlitz County, and it has a population of 5,535. At $65,065, the median household income is above the national average. Woodland has the benefit of being located near the Columbia River not far from Portland, Oregon.
A town in also in Yakima County, Sunnyside has a population of 16,038. The median home value in Sunnyside is $116,400. The town is a rural community located in the farmlands of Washington.
Quincy is located in Grant County, and it has a population of 7,075. 60.7% of the residents here own their home. This is a community with an economy heavily influenced by tourism thanks in part to its Gorge Amphitheater.
#35 Ocean Shores
Ocean Shores is a town in Grays Harbor County, and it has a population of 5,609. The poverty rate here is almost half the national average at 8%. Ocean Shores is a beautiful seaside town on the Pacific Ocean.
Located in Yakima County, Grandview has a population of 11,023. For renters, the median rent here is $747. For people who enjoy a small community, Grandview provides just that for its residents.