Best Places to Live

Redmond, WA

Population: 67,199

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Located east of Seattle, just above Lake Sammamish, the city of Redmond, Wash., is home to some of the biggest players in the tech industry including Microsoft, Nintendo of America and AT&T Mobility. Parks like the 560-acre Marymoor Park, hiking trails and bike paths give residents plenty of chances to get outdoors, while eight local breweries give them opportunities to enjoy craft beer. Mac & Jack’s African Amber leads the pack of Redmond beers. This unfiltered, dry hopped amber ale is made with Yakima Valley hops and locally sourced row grains.