1. Kettle Falls
This small town with a big heart sits 40 miles south of the Canadian Border in Eastern Washington. The population of 1,600 is known for being friendly (aside from the “one grouch,” as the welcome sign states).
The town's name means "meeting place" in Syilx'tsn, a Native American language, and it serves as just that for the town's 2,552 residents.
3. Castle Rock
The people of Castle Rock, the Gateway to Mt. St. Helens, are a close, welcoming bunch. They take pride in their hometown and look out for each other.
4. Deer Park
Deer Park might only be about 23 miles north of Spokane, but it’s an entirely different atmosphere than the bigger city. The locals embrace small town living and enjoy getting to know each other.
Connell has one school district, one major grocery store and one post office. If you grow up there, you’ll rarely run an errand without seeing someone you’ve known since childhood.
6. Battle Ground
There are no strangers in Battle Ground. With 19,000 residents, this is the largest place on our list, but the small town atmosphere is very strong here.
Sultan has been around since the 1880s and was home to people in the logging and mining industries. These days it’s mainly agriculture that keeps it afloat. The residents of Sultan make newcomers and visitors feel welcome—it’s a popular pitstop for people who are driving from the west side to Leavenworth.
This town near the Columbia River Gorge might be small in size, but it’s brimming with beauty and culture. Along with world class wineries, the Maryhill Museum and the Goldendale Observatory State Park, you’ll find a close group of people who get together at the County Fair and community potlucks.
Less than 300 people call Moclips home. This little town in Grays Harbor County is paradise for anyone who wants to live at the beach but also enjoys small town living.
This town of 207 residents is located in Adams County where State Routes 26 and 261 meet. The local events like the Independence Day Celebration and the traditional Halloween dinner and bonfire keep the community close.
Republic was founded by gold prospectors in the late 19th century, and this historic town offers a quiet life you’ll share with about 1,000 other people who will make an effort to learn your name.
The town where Northern Exposure was filmed is home to about 900 people, and they know how to have a good time. Their community events like the Roslyn Winter Prom and the Easter egg hunt for dogs prove that.
Oaksdale is located in the heart of the Palouse about 38 miles north of Pullman. It’s one of the oldest communities in the state, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that everybody knows everybody.
City of Sequim Government Facebook
Sequim is such a picturesque place, and the locals make a real effort to stay connected. The city of Sequim even got its own Facebook page and Twitter account to keep residents up-to-date on community events.