These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Washington

We analyzed over 182 places in Washington to determine where it’s all rainbows and sunshine.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Washington have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Washington places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Clarkston Heights-Vineland, the happiest place in Washington.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Evergreen State”:

  1. Clarkston Heights-Vineland
  2. Mercer Island
  3. Cottage Lake
  4. Sammamish
  5. Felida
  6. Lake Shore
  7. Union Hill-Novelty Hill
  8. Klahanie
  9. Dupont
  10. Maltby
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Evergreen State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 182 places in Washington with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 182 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Washington”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Washington ranked. Our apologies to Artondale which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Clarkston Heights-Vineland


Population: 6,754 People Who Own Their Home: 85.6%
Married Adults: 63.2%

2. Mercer Island

Mercer Island, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,636People Who Own Their Home: 69.0%
Married Adults: 67.2%

3. Cottage Lake


Population: 23,318 People Who Own Their Home: 89.3%
Married Adults: 65.9%

4. Sammamish

Sammamish, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,077People Who Own Their Home: 84.7%
Married Adults: 72.9%

5. Felida


Population: 7,416 People Who Own Their Home: 84.9%
Married Adults: 62.6%

6. Lake Shore


Population: 6,560 People Who Own Their Home: 85.4%
Married Adults: 63.2%

7. Union Hill-Novelty Hill


Population: 21,313 People Who Own Their Home: 79.1%
Married Adults: 68.4%

8. Klahanie


Population: 11,538 People Who Own Their Home: 76.0%
Married Adults: 65.4%

9. Dupont


Population: 8,851 People Who Own Their Home: 53.1%
Married Adults: 69.0%

10. Maltby


Population: 11,447 People Who Own Their Home: 86.5%
Married Adults: 62.0%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Washington

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Clarkston Heights-Vineland 1 6,754 85.6% 63.2%
Mercer Island 2 23,636 69.0% 67.2%
Cottage Lake 3 23,318 89.3% 65.9%
Sammamish 4 49,077 84.7% 72.9%
Felida 5 7,416 84.9% 62.6%
Lake Shore 6 6,560 85.4% 63.2%
Union Hill-Novelty Hill 7 21,313 79.1% 68.4%
Klahanie 8 11,538 76.0% 65.4%
DuPont 9 8,851 53.1% 69.0%
Maltby 10 11,447 86.5% 62.0%
Artondale 11 13,089 75.3% 65.9%
Snoqualmie 12 11,625 75.3% 73.2%
Silver Firs 13 22,398 85.6% 63.5%
Newcastle 14 10,792 69.2% 60.0%
Wollochet 15 6,332 69.6% 61.6%
East Renton Highlands 16 11,674 86.1% 61.2%
Barberton 17 5,895 80.2% 63.2%
West Richland 18 12,680 82.2% 60.6%
Camas 19 20,458 72.7% 59.3%
Normandy Park 20 6,491 69.1% 61.6%
Lake Morton-Berrydale 21 9,654 85.3% 60.0%
Lynden 22 12,579 64.8% 64.0%
Mount Vista 23 7,745 66.3% 56.7%
Terrace Heights 24 6,701 77.1% 53.4%
Liberty Lake 25 8,027 54.5% 61.2%
Issaquah 26 32,551 56.1% 59.2%
Hobart 27 6,548 89.5% 57.8%
Mill Creek East 28 16,754 84.2% 63.6%
Minnehaha 29 8,864 73.1% 55.2%
Bothell East 30 8,959 64.5% 63.1%
Brier 31 6,255 84.9% 63.3%
Bothell West 32 18,243 79.3% 59.5%
Eastmont 33 20,443 80.1% 56.2%
Richland 34 51,116 62.0% 54.3%
Mukilteo 35 20,635 62.0% 54.1%
Lake Tapps 36 12,306 81.0% 56.5%
Mill Creek 37 18,667 58.2% 61.8%
Maple Valley 38 24,040 78.8% 60.7%
Graham 39 24,330 79.1% 59.5%
Bainbridge Island 40 23,206 69.6% 61.8%
Town and Country 41 5,450 69.5% 51.8%
Lake Forest Park 42 12,938 76.1% 59.3%
Fircrest 43 6,592 60.9% 53.4%
Edgewood 44 9,538 78.2% 61.1%
Redmond 45 56,704 47.9% 58.6%
Fort Lewis 46 13,776 0.7% 65.5%
Sudden Valley 47 6,749 59.9% 63.0%
Kirkland 48 83,320 59.8% 55.1%
Lakeland South 49 13,047 78.9% 57.3%
Waller 50 7,681 75.2% 54.2%
Covington 51 18,361 74.4% 56.1%
North Bend 52 6,127 58.1% 63.0%
Summit 53 8,025 77.8% 57.9%
Woodinville 54 11,201 55.3% 52.9%
Otis Orchards-East Farms 55 6,538 84.1% 53.0%
Finley 56 6,204 81.1% 60.9%
Anacortes 57 15,965 59.9% 57.4%
Mead 58 7,314 80.7% 58.1%
Alderwood Manor 59 8,628 68.3% 58.4%
Ridgefield 60 5,373 71.4% 69.5%
Duvall 61 7,185 82.5% 55.0%
Vashon 62 10,447 66.3% 55.9%
Bangor Base 63 6,355 0.0% 57.6%
Bellevue 64 132,268 52.3% 56.9%
Edmonds 65 40,343 64.1% 54.0%
Picnic Point 66 8,969 70.3% 57.9%
Bothell 67 34,920 63.7% 54.8%
Poulsbo 68 9,436 60.7% 52.2%
Steilacoom 69 6,083 54.2% 57.5%
Kenmore 70 21,263 67.9% 58.5%
Tumwater 71 18,128 51.2% 49.4%
Ephrata 72 7,888 55.2% 54.6%
Woods Creek 73 5,881 77.9% 59.8%
Bonney Lake 74 18,040 76.8% 57.2%
Tracyton 75 5,909 72.1% 48.5%
Selah 76 7,328 53.6% 46.8%
East Port Orchard 77 5,098 55.8% 49.7%
Milton 78 7,260 56.7% 47.3%
Walnut Grove 79 10,705 58.8% 51.8%
Manchester 80 5,081 68.8% 54.4%
Ferndale 81 12,040 59.9% 55.0%
West Side Highway 82 5,659 72.5% 51.7%
Lake Stevens 83 29,258 67.2% 55.5%
Oak Harbor 84 22,220 39.5% 57.5%
Port Townsend 85 9,168 55.5% 47.9%
Stanwood 86 6,468 51.6% 50.7%
Prairie Ridge 87 11,935 78.9% 53.7%
South Hill 88 54,878 67.9% 57.9%
Lakeland North 89 12,860 74.0% 53.2%
Birch Bay 90 8,475 56.8% 59.1%
Orchards 91 21,259 63.1% 53.6%
Battle Ground 92 18,168 62.5% 56.5%
Frederickson 93 19,754 67.6% 57.4%
Silverdale 94 20,364 48.9% 51.4%
Kennewick 95 75,971 57.6% 50.8%
Mountlake Terrace 96 20,318 58.0% 45.5%
Shoreline 97 54,254 61.6% 48.0%
Lacey 98 44,031 50.2% 51.2%
Spokane Valley 99 90,829 58.5% 51.0%
Wenatchee 100 32,627 51.5% 48.3%
Salmon Creek 101 20,985 68.2% 52.8%
Marysville 102 62,472 65.5% 53.0%
Clover Creek 103 7,052 63.6% 54.9%
East Wenatchee 104 13,403 58.9% 52.7%
Pasco 105 65,858 63.4% 50.0%
Parkwood 106 7,312 56.2% 43.9%
Orting 107 6,941 73.8% 52.4%
University Place 108 31,670 53.0% 50.9%
Five Corners 109 19,787 66.4% 51.0%
Othello 110 7,524 60.5% 54.9%
Gig Harbor 111 7,620 49.9% 49.4%
College Place 112 8,905 46.3% 42.4%
West Clarkston-Highland 113 5,224 62.4% 43.9%
Arlington 114 18,370 60.4% 54.1%
Washougal 115 14,563 65.5% 53.5%
Spanaway 116 29,113 63.1% 50.2%
Elk Plain 117 13,947 68.9% 51.9%
Moses Lake 118 21,141 49.3% 49.6%
Martha Lake 119 16,441 57.4% 53.5%
Seattle 120 637,850 43.2% 40.2%
Snohomish 121 9,326 49.7% 46.4%
Walla Walla 122 31,895 51.7% 40.2%
Enumclaw 123 11,388 58.5% 45.1%
North Lynnwood 124 17,602 43.3% 46.4%
Hazel Dell 125 19,590 51.6% 47.0%
Olympia 126 47,847 45.4% 42.8%
Lake Stickney 127 8,324 52.9% 49.7%
Yelm 128 7,398 50.1% 53.5%
Monroe 129 17,564 60.3% 43.2%
Renton 130 95,479 50.3% 46.2%
Spokane 131 210,142 51.4% 43.5%
Quincy 132 7,075 58.4% 52.4%
Ocean Shores 133 5,609 42.9% 57.2%
Pullman 134 30,851 25.2% 25.5%
Port Orchard 135 12,715 49.2% 52.0%
Des Moines 136 30,403 53.4% 46.6%
Port Angeles 137 19,125 49.3% 44.4%
Country Homes 138 5,566 49.9% 33.5%
Longview 139 36,589 50.6% 45.8%
Tanglewilde 140 5,865 52.9% 41.4%
Mount Vernon 141 32,356 50.2% 47.9%
Bellingham 142 82,080 42.7% 35.5%
Auburn 143 73,403 56.0% 47.2%
Sunnyside 144 16,038 52.3% 48.2%
Bryn Mawr-Skyway 145 15,339 52.9% 39.2%
Sumner 146 9,548 45.7% 40.7%
Federal Way 147 91,676 51.1% 47.4%
Puyallup 148 38,092 47.2% 44.0%
Burien 149 49,291 49.2% 45.4%
Lynnwood 150 36,267 48.6% 43.3%
Pacific 151 6,845 50.2% 52.5%
Burlington 152 8,466 48.6% 44.1%
Yakima 153 92,806 50.2% 44.5%
Fife 154 9,346 37.3% 44.0%
Sequim 155 6,651 48.5% 43.5%
Union Gap 156 6,061 54.3% 37.2%
Vancouver 157 165,554 47.4% 46.1%
Summit View 158 7,033 51.4% 46.8%
Chehalis 159 7,265 39.0% 40.2%
Ellensburg 160 18,455 27.8% 26.4%
Sedro-Woolley 161 10,645 50.0% 43.7%
Kent 162 122,620 50.1% 48.1%
Aberdeen 163 16,544 45.8% 45.8%
Grandview 164 11,023 59.1% 43.8%
Toppenish 165 9,007 50.2% 46.2%
Centralia 166 16,664 43.8% 44.1%
Clarkston 167 7,318 46.1% 39.0%
Lakewood 168 58,890 40.9% 45.6%
Tacoma 169 201,794 46.6% 42.0%
Woodland 170 5,535 55.6% 48.8%
Cheney 171 11,014 28.4% 23.8%
Airway Heights 172 6,356 42.8% 29.0%
Midland 173 8,526 50.1% 42.2%
Everett 174 104,708 42.0% 41.6%
Kelso 175 11,837 44.5% 37.4%
Shelton 176 9,798 51.1% 36.8%
Bremerton 177 38,664 37.0% 36.5%
Hoquiam 178 8,560 53.0% 39.5%
Tukwila 179 19,573 36.6% 42.5%
Parkland 180 36,263 42.0% 41.4%
SeaTac 181 27,606 49.0% 41.9%
White Center 182 14,228 41.1% 41.1%

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