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A+ Auburn Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Auburn Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% higher than Washington
Auburn
11616% more expensive than the US average
Washington
11515% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Auburn cost of living
F Auburn Crime Total crime is 15% higher than Washington
Total crime
4,00545% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2545% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-31%Year over year crime is down
Auburn crime
C- Auburn Employment Household income is 4% lower than Washington
Median household income
$60,2629% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$27,9406% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%4% higher than the US average
Auburn employment
C+ Auburn Housing Home value is 10% lower than Washington
Median home value
$241,80031% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,06512% higher than the US average
Home ownership
60%6% lower than the US average
Auburn real estate or Auburn rentals
C Auburn Schools HS graduation rate is 6% lower than Washington
High school grad. rates
81%2% lower than the US average
School test scores
52%5% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:123% higher than the US average
Auburn K-12 schools or Auburn colleges

Living in Auburn, WA

Auburn is a mid-sized city located in the state of Washington. The city has a population of 75,607 residents. The majority of Auburn residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Auburn might be a good fit as 70% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 58% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Auburn, Washington could be a great experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. Finding the best places to live in Auburn and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, crime, cost of living, housing and other important metrics.

Auburn has a livability score of 69 out of 100 and is ranked #197 in Washington and #11,923 in the USA. Based on the scores for each individual category, Auburn has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+). On a less positive note, Auburn does not have favorable ranks for the following: crime (F) and cost of living (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Auburn has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Muckleshoot Casino, Morris's Shadow Mountain Stables, and Emerald Downs.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Auburn is real estate affordability. The median home price for Auburn homes is $241,800, which is 10.2% lower than the Washington average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Auburn, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4, which is 7% lower than the Washington average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Auburn area were 3.5% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 11.4%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Auburn, WA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Auburn, WA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
North End, Tacoma7612.724,051
Northeast Tacoma, Tacoma718.716,749
Eastside-Enact, Tacoma6511.331,293
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
South Tacoma, Tacoma6314.125,639
South End, Tacoma6113.239,768
Central, Tacoma6113.122,107

Best Cities Near Auburn, WA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Maple Valley, WA829.325,093
Medina, WA8222.33,169
Clyde Hill, WA8222.63,197
Yarrow Point, WA8123.61,149
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Mercer Island, WA8017.924,467
Woodway, WA80351,367
Sammamish, WA8022.162,136
Redmond, WA7926.359,268

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Auburn, WA: City Review

Attractions6/10
Community9/10
Nightlife5/10
Dining5/10
Shopping6/10
I lived in Auburn, WA for several years while I worked at the Boeing plant that is located there. Overall, I really enjoyed my experience while I lived in Auburn. The biggest draw to Auburn is the fact that the economy there is great. There are plenty of jobs, and people are generally very well off. Since 2000, the size of the city has roughly doubled. With the huge population increase there has been an increase in traffic, but it is not as bad as many growing cities. While I lived in Auburn, I really enjoyed the community. Everyone there is middle class or upper middle class for the most part and are friendly. There are several different attractions, mostly typical local places to go along with some parks and recreation facilities provided by the government.

If you are looking for a city that has a huge bar and club scene, this is probably not the city for you. There are some things to do at night, but the entertainment is geared towards married families with children. There are many city related attractions and decent restaurants for a city of its size. While I was there, I had to drive at least thirty minutes to get to any real party scene. So if you are in your twenties and are single, this may not be the best city to live in. However, overall I really did enjoy my short commute to work while I lived there, along with the very friendly people. There are very few crimes in this area, which is something I really appreciate. I would recommend this city greatly to any young family just starting out, or maybe those who a are bit older that want a large city feel without the partying.
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Source: The Auburn, WA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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