These Are The 10 Best Cities In Washington To Get A Job

When it comes to getting a job, these cities in Washington are A players.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 3 years ago

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Washington state ranks as one of the best states in the nation for jobs, coming in at number fifteen out of the fifty states.

Even though Washington as a whole is above average, there some places that are more above average than others. The best of the best, the cream of the crop, the king of Mount Rainer.

And that’s where Zippia comes in, to determine where you should move if you need a job.

If Seattle immediately comes to mind, you’re basically right, but a little off. Move one or two towns out to the east, in the middle of the burbs, and you land in executive level job territory. The ten best places in Washington to get a job are:

  1. Cottage Lake
  2. Union Hill-Novelty Hill
  3. Snoqualmie
  4. Duvall
  5. Maple Valley
  6. Silver Firs
  7. Covington
  8. North Bend
  9. Vashon
  10. Sammamish

Read on to see how these places rose to the top of Washington and for an analysis on one major theme — you can’t find better job opportunities than the suburbs of Seattle.

How We Determined The Best Places For Jobs In The Evergreen State

In order to properly compare places, we set a minimum population threshold of 5,000 people.

After getting the data for about 620 places in NC, the population requirement cut out list down to 188 places.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 188, with one being the best.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place For Jobs In Washington”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  1. Unemployment rate
  2. Recent job growth
  3. Future job growth
  4. Sales tax
  5. Median household income

Sources of criteria include the the BLS and Sperling’s Best Places.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart and a downloadable file of all the data.

And while we’d normally go into a detailed analysis of each city, this list was so dominated by Seattle ‘burbs we thought it warranted a different narrative.

If you live in Washington, drop everything and move to Seattle

In past analyzes, there are normally one or two cities that act as hubs for jobs. For example, in North Carolina, Raleigh and Charlotte suburbs battle it out for the best of the best. And in smaller states like Vermont, the jobs evenly spread out across the state.

But in Washington, ten out of the ten places at the top of the list are right outside of Seattle, most east of Richmond. Not only that, but most of them literally border another two or three cities on the list.

All of that makes the Seattle area an absolute magnet for jobs. Even if these people work in Seattle proper, they have all decided to live together outside of the city.

The result is that a city by city level analysis would be a bit repetitive. So instead, we focused on Cottage Lake. Every other city is basically just Cottage Lake, but, on average, you get paid less 🙂

1. Cottage Lake

Best Places In Washington To Get A Job

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,416
Unemployment Rate: 4.30%
Median Household Income: $131,121

Cottage Lake must have a cottage industry of amazing jobs because they took home the top ranking for places in Washington to get a job.

In a first for Zippia, basically the top ten places shared the same statistics for unemployment rate, recent job growth, future job growth, and sales taxes. That left only median household income as the determinant of rank within the ten best.

And that means it was time for Cottage Lake to shine as its whooping median household income of $131,121 ranks second best in the Evergreen state.

2. Union Hill-Novelty Hill

Best Places In Washington To Get A Job

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,422
Unemployment Rate: 4.30%
Median Household Income: $126,667

3. Snoqualmie

Best Places In Washington To Get A Job

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,500
Unemployment Rate: 4.30%
Median Household Income: $121,791

4. Duvall

Best Places In Washington To Get A Job

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,706
Unemployment Rate: 4.30%
Median Household Income: $111,356

5. Maple Valley

Best Places In Washington To Get A Job

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,663
Unemployment Rate: 4.30%
Median Household Income: $98,604

6. Silver Firs

Best Places In Washington To Get A Job

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,433
Unemployment Rate: 4.90%
Median Household Income: $105,871

7. Covington

Best Places In Washington To Get A Job

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,579
Unemployment Rate: 4.30%
Median Household Income: $92,023

8. North Bend

Best Places In Washington To Get A Job

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,847
Unemployment Rate: 4.30%
Median Household Income: $81,471

9. Vashon

Best Places In Washington To Get A Job

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,854
Unemployment Rate: 4.30%
Median Household Income: $74,913

10. Sammamish

Best Places In Washington To Get A Job

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 46,405
Unemployment Rate: 3.50%
Median Household Income: $143,861

Completing our trip around Seattle

So there you have it, a detailed list of the best places for jobs in Washington. Cottage Lake takes the cake as the best place near Seattle and the best place in the state for jobs.

So if you’re looking for a job and thinking of moving to Washington, Seattle should be your first stop.

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