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Places With The Best Housing In Washington 2018

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Bellevue, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 136,718
  • The highlights of Living in Bellevue Downtown- Bellevue residents are some of the most highly educated in the state, with over 60 percent having a bachelor's degree or higher- Downtown is extremely
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  • Newcastle, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,189
  • Located in the affluent Eastside area of the Seattle metropolitan area, Newcastle, Washington is an idyllic bedroom community offering big city convenience and small-town atmosphere. I love living in
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Snoqualmie, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,510
  • Most of the filming for Twin Peaks was done here and in neighboring towns, and Snoqualmie is definitely known for that connection outside of the State of Washington. For locals, it's better known as the
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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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  • Seattle, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 668,849
  • Let me start by saying that Seattle has great natural beauty. Unfortunately, you will only get to see it 2 months out of the year because it rains 9/10 months a year, and the natural beauty does not
74
  • Normandy Park, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,598
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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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  • Issaquah, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 34,728
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  • Mukilteo, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,994
  • Beautiful does not even begin to the idyllic community of Mukilteo, Washington. I love living in Mukilteo, Washington because of its unmatched beauty and proximity to the bustling metropolitan area of
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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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  • Maltby, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,221
  • Let me introduce to you Maltby, WA, city. It is a small area that has access to green towns and fields. I have lived in this town for three years, and I won’t tread it for anything. There are affordable
80
  • Wollochet, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,386
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  • North Bend, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,475
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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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  • Hobart, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,474
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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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  • 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 Tapps, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,030
  • Whether its one of those hot summers or cold winters, Lake Tapps always has something to do for those who enjoy the outdoors. Some of the things you are likely to do for fun when living around here are
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  • Brier, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,530
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  • Edmonds, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,020
  • Edmonds, Washington is located about 10 miles north of Seattle. Its downtown is located near the ocean and it has a great waterfront. The most popular restaurant on the water is Anthony's which is
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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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  • Felida, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,857
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  • Maplewood, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,223
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  • Artondale, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,506
  • Such a wonderful place to call home! If you haven't heard of a little town called Artondale, I'll be the first to tell you it's a true hidden gem in the Pacific Northwest! Living in Artondale has been a
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  • Picnic Point, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,068
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  • Bothell, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 43,153
  • I grew up in Bothell, Washington, first arriving there when I was seven years old. It's changed a lot over the last forty years and mostly for the better. It is now a technology hub that is beginning to
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  • Vashon, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,844
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  • East Renton Highlands, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,549
  • Overall, I would have to say that Living in East Renton Highlands is an overall pleasurable experience. Western Washington is a haven for lovers of the environment. Set in the heart of the Pacific
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  • 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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  • Lake Morton-Berrydale, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,742
  • Lake Morton-Berrydale is a suburban neighborhood in Western Washington. We are located about 35 miles southeast of Seattle, in King County. This area has many beautiful homes, well-maintained properties,
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  • Woods Creek, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,852
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  • Fairwood, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,724
  • I've been living in Fairwood for 8 years and have raised my three kids in this small town that has very friendly people and a great culture of work and family life enjoyment. The community is very laid
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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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  • Eastmont, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,403
  • While some people have a problem living in Eastmont, I haven't found it so bad at all. The first thing I always understood, was that no place is perfect, and Eastmont isn't perfect either, but it still
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  • Martha Lake, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,703
  • Where do I begin? This city is located the beautiful state of Washington, in the luscious county of Snohomish, and sits about 20 miles away from the Seattle Waterfront. With a population of around 17,000
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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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  • Barberton, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,440
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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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  • Gig Harbor, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,307
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  • Edgewood, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,862
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  • Cavalero, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,119
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  • Alderwood Manor, WA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,037

Housing is one of the most important factors when deciding where to live in Washington. Housing prices continue to rise, but there are still some deals to be had. When searching for a new home, you want to ensure that home prices in that area are appreciating, but you also need to ensure that the home prices will fit within you budget. AreaVibes used science and data to create a list of the best cities in Washington to buy a new home with a population over 5,000 people.

The cities listed above have been chosen as the best places to buy a new home in Washington as they have seen high appreciation rates combined with a solid income to home price affordability ratio. High appreciation rates are a good indicator that the home will continue to increase in value, while the affordability ratio ensure that homes in that area are affordable based on the median household income to home price ratio.

To further narrow your search results for the best places to purchase a new home in Washington, you can use the filters. Start by selecting cities and/or neighborhoods, city size based on population, categories (amenities, crime, cost of living, education, employment and weather) as well as home/rent prices to ensure that the cities fall within your budget.