With its iconic Space Needle and scenic waterfront, combined with a burgeoning tech-fueled economy, the Seattle metro area deservedly attracts much attention as a relocation destination, but Washington also offers a thriving agricultural economy and variety of other industries to lure prospective residents to all areas of the Evergreen State.
Washington has six cities listed in the top 100 places to live in Livability’s 2018 Top 100 Best Places to Live, including three in the top 50 — and each is very different from the rest.
Bellevue, with its high-rise downtown east of Seattle and across Lake Washington, is ranked 10th; Pullman, on the eastern edge of the state and home of Washington State University, is ranked 25th; and Kirkland, just north of Bellevue and overlooking Lake Washington comes in at No. 40. The state capital of Olympia, about 60 miles south of Seattle on I-5, is ranked 61st; the scenic coastal city of Bellingham, about 25 miles south of the Canadian border, is 73rd; and Redmond, which abuts Bellevue and is the home of Microsoft, is No. 99.