Washington April 24, 2016
Here Are The 15 Best Cities In Washington To Raise A Family
Washington is an extremely family-friendly state. Whether you prefer to raise your children on a rural farm, in a mid-sized suburb or in the heart of the city, you’ll have excellent options. There really is no bad place to raise a family here—but according to the sites nerdwallet.com and localniche.com, these are 15 of the best.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Redmond, King County
Great schools and an abundance of job opportunities (Microsoft and Nintendo have offices here.) make this Seattle suburb a popular place for families. It is also home to the state's only competitive cycling track.
2. Snoqualmie, King County
Another town with great schools, this eco-conscious community has higher housing costs. The median household income and incredible surroundings easily make up for this. Head out for a hike and enjoy beautiful Snoqualmie Falls.
3. Ridgefield, Clark County
This charming small towns offers family friendly festivals like the popular July 4th celebration and an annual birding festival. Nearly 44% of households here include children.
4. Maple Valley, King County
This town places a strong emphasis on community and the arts. The schools here have been awarded a "Green Ribbon" designation by the U.S. Department of Education for their environmental efforts.
5. Woodinville, King County
This rapidly expanding town recently remodeled their high school adding an entire performing arts wing. Woodinville is also home to the state's oldest winery, the perfect place for parent's night out.
6. Issaquah, King County
A popular hiking destination, the Costco corporation is also headquartered here. High school students in Issaquah had some of the highest ACT scores in the nation.
7. Bainbridge Island, Kitsap County
This safe city was voted by both CNN Money and Money Magazine as a top place to live in the United States. In 2001, their little league team made it all the way to the world series.
8. Lynden, Whatcom County
This thriving community sits just 5 miles from the Canadian border and places a strong emphasis on education, agriculture and public safety.
9. Tumwater, Thurston County
The wealthiest city in Thurston County, this town offers numerous parks and recreational activities.
10. Anacortes, Skagit County
Nearly 80% of teachers in the Anacortes school system have obtained master's degrees or higher. This popular boating destination is also fairly affordable.
11. Newcastle, King County
A former coal mining town, this Seattle suburb constantly tops "best places to live" lists; they have been honored by both CNN Money and Newsweek. This hilltop town offers scenic city views, golfing and a sizable system of hiking trails.
12. Olympia, Thurston County
Washington's capital offers numerous cultural opportunities and an exceptional home schooling program. Their earth day festival is nationally recognized.
13. Chehalis, Lewis County
Chehalis is home to multiple museums and the beautiful Rainbow Falls State Park. It's not easy to get bored in this small town.
14. Mukilteo, Snohomish County
One of the wealthiest Seattle suburbs, many schools in the district are award-winning.
15. Richland, Benton County
Top schools and a lower cost of living make Richland a great choice for families.
Did you grow up in any of these places?