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Seattle

4.5/5
Seattle
Ranked 1st best city in Washington

"A beautiful and diverse city with something for everyone!"

- 360modern
Seattle, so aptly named "The Emerald City", is a true gem of the Pacific Northwest. With a culture all its own, it's a melting pot of Native American roots, music iconography, famous authors, world r...
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Bellevue

4/5
Ranked 2nd best city in Washington

"Growing city becoming more trendy and less suburban"

- AnnieC1
A few years ago I lived in the downtown area and loved it - it was convenient, I could walk a lot of places, and it was 10 minutes from my office. As a growing city there were lots of options for dini...
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Issaquah

4/5
Ranked 3rd best city in Washington

"Tons of trail running"

- MatthewM
The small mountains south of Issaquah are heaven for trail running. They are challenging and long, with endless options. Unless it’s mid to late summer, when the trails get super dry, you’ll want to...
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Spokane

3.5/5
Ranked 4th best city in Washington

"4 Seasons and Great 4 Families"

- CharlieM
I went to college in Spokane, got my first real job in the area and lived here for 6 years. Many of friends still live in Spokane, and if it wasn’t for a job opportunity near Seattle, I think I would...
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Ranked 5th best city in Washington

"Mercer Island or Mercedes Island"

- JamesD1
Mercer Island sits right between Seattle and Bellevue and is home to some of the wealthiest residents in the Puget Sound. There are about 24,000 folks that live on the 13 mile island. Over 75% of t...
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Redmond

3.5/5
Ranked 6th best city in Washington

"Good amenities and a price point to match"

- MarthaB1
Redmond is an upper-class Seattle suburb that has good amenities, and a price point to match. It’s located east of Kirkland and north of Bellevue, just northeast of where highway 405 and 520 meet....
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Burien

3.5/5
Ranked 7th best city in Washington

"Affordable Seattle suburb growing into its own destination"

- MarthaB1
Burien is a south Seattle suburb just east of the Seattle Tacoma International Airport, and south of White Center. It’s not the ritziest place you’ve ever seen, but it’s a comfortable middle-class co...
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Tacoma

3.5/5
Ranked 8th best city in Washington

"Funky and Affordable"

- Elizabeth Ellis
I lived in Tacoma for several years just after I graduated from college. It was way cheaper than Seattle (and still is) so I lived there instead. The city used to be quite rough, especially in the mid...
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Bellingham

3.5/5
Ranked 9th best city in Washington

"Simple and Sweet"

- Elizabeth Ellis
I’ve been back in Bellingham for a little over a year now. After earning my M.A. at Western Washington University, I took a job in my field in Seattle. I lived there for the past ten years or so befor...
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Kent

3.5/5
Ranked 10th best city in Washington

"Cheaper - with a few good neighborhoods"

- BethM
Kent is a great place to live if you find the right area. Some neighborhoods aren’t that nice while others are great. Kent gets a bad rap, but it isn’t as bad as people make it out to be. Houses are c...
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Vancouver

3.5/5
Ranked 11th best city in Washington

"A great street with some of the best restaurants in Vancouve..."

- namgilliw
West 19th street is home to a French restaurant called Mon Ami (my friend), that offers excellent, authentic French cuisine, and great service, although the prices were a tad high. The street also of...
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Kirkland

3/5
Ranked 12th best city in Washington

"Pleasant place for a summer evening out"

- PritiA
My husband and I enjoy stopping in Kirkland for a treat after hiking sometimes in the summer. The downtown area is just lovely in the summer evenings. I particularly appreciate how many of the resta...
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Ranked 13th best city in Washington

"Quiet, green neighborhood close to the beach"

- SeaJen
23rd Ave SW does a U-Turn and turns into 25th Ave. SW, which curves around lush trees and nice homes. The area is very quiet and a wonderful place to raise a family, if you can afford it. The proximit...
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SeaTac

3/5
Ranked 14th best city in Washington

"Quiet neighborhood near two large parks"

- SeaJen
If you don't mind being in the direct flight path of SeaTac airport, S. 132nd St. offers peace and quiet to its residents. The single-family homes are well-kept and within walking distance of North Se...
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Shoreline

3/5
Ranked 15th best city in Washington

"Good neighborhood to raise a family"

- SeattleGirl
Shoreline is a great neighborhood for younger families. The area seems to always rank high on the list for Seattle's best neighborhoods stating that it is a great place for families, kids, seniors, a...
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Bothell

4/5
Ranked 16th best city in Washington

"Love Living in Bothell"

- kevins17
Bothell is a great place to live and raise a family. It has great public schools, great parks, and access to the Sammamish River Trail. It has a nice up-and-coming downtown that is very walkable. The...
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Unranked Cities

"Nice Quiet, Charming, Friendly, safe, neighborhood "

- smy
Wonderful Neighborhood, Quiet, Kid friendly with a neighborhood playground, Safe, has fire department not too far, near schools, close access to freeways, highly recommended A++++
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"The peaceful island just a ferry ride away from Seattle"

- seattleteam
Bainbridge Island is a peaceful thirty minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle. Taking the ferry is simple and easy and many people use the ferry to commute to Seattle every day. Bainbridge Island has...
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"An elite village in Seattle"

- BrendaR
Beaux Arts is a very small, yet largely wealthy area of metropolitan Seattle. Originally founded as an art colony and named after the french Academy of Beaux Arts, residents of the town today enjoy na...
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"A small street in a small town."

- Jeremiah73
Our street is very quiet. It's a mixture of starting families and older families. Most people are pretty quiet and you don't hear much. All my neighbors wave and say hi when me and my wife walk down t...
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