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Best Places To Live In Washington 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score83
  • Camas, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,393
  • Think twice before you move here. This town is noisy due to planes and trains. Camas and Washougal are so-called quiet zones for the train whistles. Nice theory but the train operators don't honor the
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  • Maple Valley, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,093
  • Living in Maple Valley, Washington is perfect for people like me looking to raise their family in a safe and relaxed bedroom community of Seattle. Maple Valley offers the ideal mix of quiet suburbia
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  • Sammamish, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 62,136
  • I have lived in and around Sammamish, Washington and visited the area numerous times in the past. Sammamish is truly one of the best hidden gems in the entire country, as it features absolutely stunning
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  • Mercer Island, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,467
  • It's a small city of about 25,000 people that covers the entire island, hence the name. Living on Mercer Island as a teenager, I knew it was the posh part of town, but to me it was just home. It's still
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  • Mill Creek, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,372
  • Nestled between the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound, Mill Creek, Washington is a picturesque suburb of Seattle. I love living in Mill Creek, Washington because of the proximity it has to the bustling
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  • Wollochet, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,386
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  • Liberty Lake, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,566
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  • Lynden, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,204
  • I feel that living in Lynden is a cross between suburban and rural living. This is a small town located about 15 miles north of Bellingham, Washington. Most people who live here work in Bellingham. The
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  • Kenmore, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,830
  • Kenmore is an exciting city with lots of attractions that appeal to people of various interests. Saint Edward State Park is appealing if you like spending time outdoors and want to see some of the
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  • Richland, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 53,227
  • Lived there for one year and could not wait get out. Weather too hot in summer and too cold in winter. Fricking windy that shakes your house. Nuclear plants close by. Yes here they built Hiroshima bomb.
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  • Brier, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,530
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  • Duvall, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,534
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  • Lake Forest Park, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,156
  • Lake Forest Park, WA is a bedroom community that lies about five miles north of Seattle. Living in Lake Forest Park gives people great access to Seattle while still being far enough away to not be in an
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  • Selah, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,599
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  • Bothell West, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,833
  • "Welcome to Bothell, for a Day or a Lifetime." That's what the sign at the city limits said when I was growing up. It has boomed in the meantime, enough to set up different neighborhoods. Some of these
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  • Ridgefield, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,112
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  • Newcastle, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,189
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  • Redmond, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 59,268
  • I lived in Redmond Washington for 10 years during the 1990s. I loved the small town ambiance of the area. It's located just a mere short distance from famous Seattle Washington so there is plenty to do
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  • Woodinville, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,549
  • Smoke filled weekends and evenings for about 9 months where you cannot go outside and hike the neighborhood with your dog unless you wish to breath cancer causing air pollution from selfish idiots
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  • Felida, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,857
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  • Bellevue, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 136,718
  • i hate this so much because a stupid fucking kid named angela lives here she is a piece of shit pleasel shes rich and self entitleed and names her ppets after expensive brands her dad is a stupid weed
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  • Bothell East, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,064
  • There is no better place to raise a family than in Bothell East, Washington. I love living in Bothell East because of its exceptional public schools, sense of community, and urban living in a tight-knit
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  • Kirkland, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 85,812
  • There is nothing wrong with this city aside for the hefty price tag. Buying a house here and maintaining a living is tough but you get what you pay for. Everything in this city is perfect the people are
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  • Bainbridge Island, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,576
  • It's a small city, about 24,000 people, and much of the island itself is pretty rural. But in the main area of Winslow, by the ferry dock, there is a thriving community of families, artisans, and local
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  • Battle Ground, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,987
  • Battle Ground, WA is a suburb of Vancouver, Washington. I think it is a good place to live for those who want a lower cost of living compared to living in a city. There are about 17,500 people living in
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  • Fircrest, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,660
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  • Lake Morton-Berrydale, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,742
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  • Hobart, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,474
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  • Pullman, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 32,176
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  • Union Hill-Novelty Hill, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,015
  • I love the pretty city of Union Hill-Novelty Hill, Washington. There is a lot of pretty scenery in this town and it creates a beautiful city to live in. Many townsfolk know each other. While the
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  • Washougal, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,987
  • Living in Washougal has been a great experience. This small city is Located in the State of Washington, but it sits right at the Oregon Border about 23 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon. I think the
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  • Cottage Lake, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,845
  • Cottage Lake is a surprisingly quiet place to live given it is not that far from the city of Seattle, Washington. It is mostly single family homes although there is a Target and a Walgreens. What I think
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  • Mount Vista, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,279
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  • Fairwood CDP (Spokane County), WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,055
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  • Mill Creek East, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,771
  • I have been living in Mill Creek East, WA for the past five years and have lived near it about 40 years. It has a great planned downtown with a wide range of places to shop. To the east of town there is
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  • University Place, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 32,342
  • I always reveled in the small town feel when living in University Place Washington. The thriving city has a population of over 31,000 and was named for its private liberal arts school, the University of
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  • Lake Stevens, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,352
  • Life in Lake Stevens is very, very nice. It's also very, very expensive, as bedroom communities of Seattle tend to be. Seattle's tech corridor makes it a fairly high cost-of-living place, but if you can
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  • Mountlake Terrace, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,747
  • I'm always liked the Mountlake Terrace area of the Greater Seattle Metro. It's close enough to Seattle for major events, but far enough north of town that it isn't exactly urban. The cost of living (as
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  • DuPont, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,224
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  • West Richland, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,407
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  • Oak Harbor, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,544
  • Oak Harbor, WA is a city located on Whidbey Island. The biggest employer of people in this city is the nearby Naval Air Station Whidbey, followed by the Oak Harbor School District, Whidbey General
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  • Edgewood, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,862
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  • Stanwood, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,685
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  • North Bend, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,475
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  • Town and Country, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,048
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  • Vashon, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,844
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  • Shoreline, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 55,021
  • As a resident of Shoreline, Washington, I would recommend relocating to this growing metropolis. The city is just 9-10 miles from Seattle. Therefore, we have access to landmarks such as the Space Needle
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  • Anacortes, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,229
  • Anacortes is a lovely city in Skagit County, Washington, located on Fidalgo Island. This beautiful city is situated halfway between Vancouver BC and Seattle. This is a very small city, Living in
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  • Silver Firs, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,221
  • I've always liked the Silver Firs area of Washington State. While it's technically not a town or a city - it's an unincorporated area of Snohomish County - It definitely has a small suburban town feel.
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  • Lake Stickney, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,533

Washington: The Evergreen State

Home to more than 6.8 million people, the state of Washington is known for its diverse climate, unique cities and numerous outdoor retreats. Often referred to as “The Evergreen State,” Washington is largely made up of vast wilderness areas and residential communities that are perfect for families, retirees, and budding entrepreneurs.

Washington shares its borders with Oregon and Idaho as well as with British Columbia, Canada, to the north. Seattle, the state’s largest city, is known for being the birthplace of the grunge movement along with being a mecca for technology startups. Tacoma, Olympia, and many of the state’s other major cities are situated along the inlet of water known as the Puget Sound.

Washington’s varied climate conditions offer something for everyone. Western Washington is known for its cloudy skies, steady rainfall, and mild temperatures throughout much of the year. A vast rainforest makes up part of the Olympic Peninsula. The city of Sequim is a unique city that is located on the Olympic Peninsula and experiences much drier conditions due to a rain shadow effect. Communities within the Cascade Mountains region often experience snowy winters and dry summers. Cold winters and hot, dry summers are the norm in the rest of the state located east of the Cascades.

Houses, apartments, and condominiums can be found in all price ranges throughout Washington. Bellevue, Kirkland, and other cities that are on Seattle’s Eastside feature luxury housing options on the market that are perfect for anyone who wants to live in style and comfort. Affordable housing for families can be found in cities like Tacoma, Spokane, and Aberdeen. Downtown Seattle is largely made up of high-end apartments and condominiums, but more reasonably priced housing options can be found in some of the outlying communities.

Some of the best places to live in Washington are situated near great attractions that provide some additional fun for residents. Seattle is home to the iconic Space Needle along with other places of interest like the Seattle Art Museum, Museum of Pop Culture, and Pike Place Market. Many avid skiers flock to Crystal Mountain and other resorts around the state that offer ideal conditions for skiing, snowboarding, and snow inner tubing. Ocean Shores is nestled along Washington’s Pacific coastline and often draws large crowds in the summer. Mount St. Helens, which can be found in the southwest part of the state, is famous for erupting in 1980 and still has a large crater that serves as a reminder of the aftermath. Notable historical sites around the state include Fort Nisqually, Officers Row, and the George C. Marshall House.

AreaVibes lists some of the best places to live in Washington that are great for anyone who is looking to move to the state. City searches can be sorted by livability, education, cost of living, and other factors that can help users find the right community to call home. AreaVibes offers a one-stop solution for anyone who wants to relocate to Washington and enjoy all the wonderful things the state has to offer.