Best places to live in Washington

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Best places to live in Washington

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Washington using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

#10. Kirkland
- Population: 89,438
- Median home value: $662,300 (63% own)
- Median rent: $1,861 (37% rent)
- Median household income: $117,190
- Top public schools: International Community School (A+), International School (A+), Bellevue High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Eastside Preparatory School (A+), Providence Classical Christian School (B+), Holy Family Parish School

#9. Newcastle
- Population: 11,750
- Median home value: $759,500 (76% own)
- Median rent: $1,814 (24% rent)
- Median household income: $129,828
- Top public schools: Newport Senior High School (A+), International School (A+), Liberty Senior High School (A+)

#8. Issaquah
- Population: 37,965
- Median home value: $642,300 (61% own)
- Median rent: $1,982 (39% rent)
- Median household income: $109,676
- Top public schools: Issaquah High School (A+), Skyline High School (A+), Cougar Ridge Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Joseph Parish School (A), Lakeside Montessori School - Highlands Campus, Dartmoor School - Issaquah

#7. Mercer Island
- Population: 25,675
- Median home value: $1,218,200 (69% own)
- Median rent: $2,162 (31% rent)
- Median household income: $147,566
- Top public schools: Mercer Island High School (A+), West Mercer Elementary School (A), Lakeridge Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Northwest Yeshiva High School (A+), Yellow Wood Academy (A-), French American School of Puget Sound

#6. Seattle
- Population: 724,305
- Median home value: $663,100 (46% own)
- Median rent: $1,614 (54% rent)
- Median household income: $92,263
- Top public schools: Raisbeck Aviation High School (A+), Garfield High School (A+), Roosevelt High School (A)
- Top private schools: Lakeside School (A+), University Prep (A+), The Bush School (A+)

#5. Yarrow Point
- Population: 1,202
- Median home value: $2,000,001 (94% own)
- Median rent: $3,501 (6% rent)
- Median household income: $250,001
- Top public schools: International School (A+), Bellevue High School (A+), Chinook Middle School (A)

#4. Sammamish
- Population: 64,674
- Median home value: $830,000 (86% own)
- Median rent: $2,395 (14% rent)
- Median household income: $174,003
- Top public schools: Tesla STEM High School (A+), International Community School (A+), Eastlake High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Eastside Catholic School (A+), Arbor Schools, TLC Montessori

#3. Clyde Hill
- Population: 3,329
- Median home value: $2,000,001 (89% own)
- Median rent: $2,714 (11% rent)
- Median household income: $238,958
- Top public schools: International School (A+), Bellevue High School (A+), Medina Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Bellevue Christian School (A)

#2. Bellevue
- Population: 144,403
- Median home value: $809,200 (54% own)
- Median rent: $1,947 (46% rent)
- Median household income: $120,456
- Top public schools: International Community School (A+), Interlake Senior High School (A+), Newport Senior High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (A+), Hillside Student Community School (A), Eastside Academy (A-)

#1. Redmond
- Population: 65,558
- Median home value: $703,000 (50% own)
- Median rent: $1,929 (50% rent)
- Median household income: $132,188
- Top public schools: Tesla STEM High School (A+), International Community School (A+), Interlake Senior High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Brightmont Academy - Redmond (A-), The Sammamish Montessori School, Cascadia School

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Best places to live in Washington

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Washington using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

#10. Kirkland
- Population: 89,438
- Median home value: $662,300 (63% own)
- Median rent: $1,861 (37% rent)
- Median household income: $117,190
- Top public schools: International Community School (A+), International School (A+), Bellevue High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Eastside Preparatory School (A+), Providence Classical Christian School (B+), Holy Family Parish School

#9. Newcastle
- Population: 11,750
- Median home value: $759,500 (76% own)
- Median rent: $1,814 (24% rent)
- Median household income: $129,828
- Top public schools: Newport Senior High School (A+), International School (A+), Liberty Senior High School (A+)

#8. Issaquah
- Population: 37,965
- Median home value: $642,300 (61% own)
- Median rent: $1,982 (39% rent)
- Median household income: $109,676
- Top public schools: Issaquah High School (A+), Skyline High School (A+), Cougar Ridge Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Joseph Parish School (A), Lakeside Montessori School - Highlands Campus, Dartmoor School - Issaquah

#7. Mercer Island
- Population: 25,675
- Median home value: $1,218,200 (69% own)
- Median rent: $2,162 (31% rent)
- Median household income: $147,566
- Top public schools: Mercer Island High School (A+), West Mercer Elementary School (A), Lakeridge Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Northwest Yeshiva High School (A+), Yellow Wood Academy (A-), French American School of Puget Sound

#6. Seattle
- Population: 724,305
- Median home value: $663,100 (46% own)
- Median rent: $1,614 (54% rent)
- Median household income: $92,263
- Top public schools: Raisbeck Aviation High School (A+), Garfield High School (A+), Roosevelt High School (A)
- Top private schools: Lakeside School (A+), University Prep (A+), The Bush School (A+)

#5. Yarrow Point
- Population: 1,202
- Median home value: $2,000,001 (94% own)
- Median rent: $3,501 (6% rent)
- Median household income: $250,001
- Top public schools: International School (A+), Bellevue High School (A+), Chinook Middle School (A)

#4. Sammamish
- Population: 64,674
- Median home value: $830,000 (86% own)
- Median rent: $2,395 (14% rent)
- Median household income: $174,003
- Top public schools: Tesla STEM High School (A+), International Community School (A+), Eastlake High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Eastside Catholic School (A+), Arbor Schools, TLC Montessori

#3. Clyde Hill
- Population: 3,329
- Median home value: $2,000,001 (89% own)
- Median rent: $2,714 (11% rent)
- Median household income: $238,958
- Top public schools: International School (A+), Bellevue High School (A+), Medina Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Bellevue Christian School (A)

#2. Bellevue
- Population: 144,403
- Median home value: $809,200 (54% own)
- Median rent: $1,947 (46% rent)
- Median household income: $120,456
- Top public schools: International Community School (A+), Interlake Senior High School (A+), Newport Senior High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (A+), Hillside Student Community School (A), Eastside Academy (A-)

#1. Redmond
- Population: 65,558
- Median home value: $703,000 (50% own)
- Median rent: $1,929 (50% rent)
- Median household income: $132,188
- Top public schools: Tesla STEM High School (A+), International Community School (A+), Interlake Senior High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Brightmont Academy - Redmond (A-), The Sammamish Montessori School, Cascadia School

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