Washington June 27, 2016
These 13 Cities In Washington Aren’t Big And Aren’t Too Small… They’re Just Right
What do you do when you’d rather not live in a big city, but you don’t want to live in a town that’s TOO small? You moved to a mid-sized city, a place that has its share of nice people and fun things to do but never feels crowded or overwhelming. The places on this list vary in population size, but they all have one thing in common: as far as attractions, businesses and city limits, they’re decidedly mid-sized and they like it that way.
1. Gig Harbor
Gig Harbor is located in Pierce County on the shores of the Puget Sound, and it’s a true treasure. This quiet waterfront community has great restaurants, waterfront walking tours, movies in the park all summer and a year-round art walk.
Edmonds is just a few miles north of Seattle, but it feels like a different world. Its picturesque waterfront is one of the most beautiful spots in the state.
You'll find around 7,500 residents, a Walla Walla Community College campus and the highest zip code in the contiguous United States.
The hometown of Kurt Cobain is home to about 16,370 people. It’s a popular stop for people heading to the Olympic National Park or Pacific Coast, and the tourism helps keep some small businesses afloat.
There’s more to Ellensburg than Central Washington University. Between Olmstead Place State Park, the Kittitas County Historical Museum and the Iron Horse Brewery, there’s something for everyone.
You’ve heard of Lake Chelan. You’ve probably visited. So what’s it like to live there? Pretty peaceful, actually, and a bit like being on vacation all the time.
7. Moses Lake
Summers are scorching hot in Moses Lake - but not to worry, you can cool off with a visit to Blue Heron State Park or one of the city’s restaurant patios.
With a population of 5,000, a lower than average cost of living and an average commute time of 13 minutes, Omak seems like a pretty wonderful place to be.
9. Mount Vernon
If you could stay home for the entire month of April when the tulip-seekers are out in droves, you’d love living in Mount Vernon. It’s a beautiful place with a lot of big city charm. The Skagit Valley Co Op has an abundance of organic produce, healthy grocery staples, gifts and a cafe.
You should probably love the beach if you visit or move to Anacortes, because they’re beautiful there (rain or shine). The downtown area has some great bookstores and antique shops. If you need to get away from it all, you can always visit Guemes Island.
11. Walla Walla
Walla Walla wine country, anyone? With a population of 31,825, this city is truly mid-sized in population. If wine isn’t your thing, you can always explore the museums or do some shopping.
Duvall is nestled in between Monroe in Carnation. And it definitely has a small town vibe. If you go, don’t miss Tuxedo’s Antique Mall and Auction Hall.
13. Port Angeles
This charming city in Clallam County is surrounded by natural beauty. You’ll find delicious seafood spots, shopping, concerts on the pier during summer and a beautiful downtown area here.
If any of these places still seem a big big, check out this list of
super-tiny towns in Washington.