Best Places to Live

Kirkland, WA

Population: 84,721
LIV
SCORE
627
John and Lisa Merrill

Look at where Kirkland ranked on our last Top 100 Best Places to Live list, and you might wonder, why the jump? This time around the city scored better in nearly all quality of life measures, especially social and civic engagement, housing, and economy. Residents often take walks along the downtown waterfront, which overlooks Lake Washington. Northwest University and Lake Washington Technical College contribute to the city’s cultural scene and educational system.

Kirkland, WA Ranking Data

Civic
77
Demographics
51
Economy
61
Education
56
Health
64
Housing
64
Infrastructure
60