Lake Stevens 82 Exceptional
Lake Stevens Livability #60 ranked city in Washington#1,043 ranked city in the USARanks better than 96% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Lake Stevens

  • Commute

    High scores in the commute category could indicate that this area offers short commute times to work and readily available public transportation options.

  • Crime

    This area is characterized by a crime rate, per 100,000 individuals, that falls well below the national average, indicating its potential as a very safe place to live.

  • Employment

    This area scores extremely well in the employment category. This is primarily due to the combination of low unemployment rates, higher median home income and income per capita.

  • Housing

    The housing category in this area boasts higher than average scores, likely influenced by a positive home affordability ratio, robust appreciation rates or elevated home values.

  • Health & Safety

    Earning a high health and safety score depends on factors such as good air quality and the availability of essential health facilities like hospitals, clinics, doctors, and fire stations.

  • Cost Of Living

    Residents of this area contend with a high cost of living, resulting in increased expenditures for everyday goods and services, housing, utilities and health care.

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What's it like Living in Lake Stevens?

Lake Stevens, Washington is a moderately-sized city with a population of 33,470 inhabitants. In Lake Stevens, there are 3,651 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. If we look at the most recent Census, Lake Stevens is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. Something to be aware of when living in Lake Stevens are the above average commute times. If you're looking for a short commute to work, this might not be the right area for you. With one way commute time of 35 minutes, this comes in much higher than the national average of 26 minutes.

Whether you’re relocating to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Lake Stevens could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Washington if you know where to search. Don't forget to determine what matters most to you in a neighborhood. Consider factors such as safety, proximity to work or school, access to amenities (like parks, fitness facilities, grocery stores, restaurants), public transportation options, community atmosphere and the overall vibe you're looking for. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, commute, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in Lake Stevens and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Lake Stevens to Washington and the national average.

Lake Stevens has a livability score of 82 out of 100 and is ranked #57 in Washington and #846 in the USA. This is a phenomenal score, as Lake Stevens ranks well in multiple categories! Lake Stevens is also ranked in the top 10 percentile of all cities across the USA. If we explore each of the categories individually, we see that Lake Stevens ranks well for crime (A+), education (B), employment (A+) and housing (A+). On a less positive note, Lake Stevens does not have favorable scores for the following: cost of living (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area, as the result is often a greater level of safety and security as well as an improved quality of life. Lake Stevens gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 168 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

For home buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they will ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Lake Stevens apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city. A thriving real estate market can also generate strong local economic activity and job creation.

Being close to public transit, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Lake Stevens. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Lake Stevens are affordable. Median real estate prices in Lake Stevens come in at $384,400, which is 42.7% higher than the Washington average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Lake Stevens, the home price to income ratio is 4.1, which is 4.7% lower than the Washington average.

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      Lake Stevens transportation information

      Statistic Lake Stevens Washington National
      Average one way commute35min27min26min
      Workers who drive to work78.9%72.3%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.0%10.2%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit2.4%6.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.0%0.9%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.2%3.6%2.8%
      Working from home8.7%5.6%4.6%
      Source: The Lake Stevens, WA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).