These Are The 10 Smartest Cities In Washington

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by John McLean
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One of the many qualities that people look for in a potential location or company is the intelligence of those around them. This factor can play a huge role in one’s experience at a particular company and can make or break an employee’s time there.

So finding a city with an intelligent population makes sense for both companies and employees. That’s where Zippia comes in; to help you identify those places in Washington that might have skipped a grade…or two.

You may be wondering how does one determine how intelligent a town really is?

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out what criteria about a place would identify it is a smart cookie.

We set upon the percentage of adults (over 25) with at least a high school degree and the percentage of high school dropouts (aged 16-20) for the 118 largest cities in Washington with data. We then crunched the numbers and were left with this set of the brightest cities in the Evergreen State:

  1. Ridgefield
  2. Mercer Island
  3. Issaquah
  4. Sammamish
  5. Dupont
  6. Pullman
  7. Port Townsend
  8. Mill Creek
  9. Woodinville
  10. Mukilteo

Read on to see why these places got into a four-year college or skip to the end to see a full chart of all the places in our analysis.

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How we determined the smartest places in the Evergreen State

Before we could dive into the potential IQs of various places in Washington, we needed to know which places to look at in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 5,000 people and data available for every criteria.

This left us with 118 places in Washington.

We then looked at the following criteria to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to smarts:

Our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought this criteria was representative of the current state of smarts with the potential for a place to improve the education levels of the next generation. And it’s not like we are setting the education bar incredibly high — 80% of students graduate from high school nowadays.

In order to determine the smartest, we ranked all the cities for each criteria from one to 118 with one being the “smartest” in any category.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the highest overall score being given the diploma for “Smartest City In Washington”.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

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1. Ridgefield

Smartest Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,373
Adults Without High School Diploma: 1.7%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Well it’s official that the tiny town of Ridgefield graduated early and has taken the diploma as the smartest city in the state of Washington.

With a population of 5,373 and a virtually non-existent high school dropout rate this town is Washington’s best hope for a bright future.

2. Mercer Island

Smartest Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,636
Adults Without High School Diploma: 1.9%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Coming in the coveted #2 spot is the up and coming town of Mercer Island. With a population over 23,000 strong the kids here are on the road to a successful future to be sure.

Keep your eye on this city!

3. Issaquah

Smartest Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,551
Adults Without High School Diploma: 1.9%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

With such great numbers it’s no wonder Issaquah came in #3 spot of the smartest cities in Washington. With only 1.9% of the adult population walking around without a high school diploma and an ultra low high school dropout rate the kids here take school pretty darn seriously.

4. Sammamish

Smartest Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,077
Adults Without High School Diploma: 1.6%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.3%

Aside from the having the coolest name around the metropolitan city of Sammamish has taken the #4 spot. With a population of over 49,000 this city defies the stereotype that big cities have bad school.s

Just check out that high school dropout rate!

5. Dupont

Smartest Washington

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,851
Adults Without High School Diploma: 2.7%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Ah yes the town of Dupont. Coming in at #5 this small town is doing big things. With a virtually non-existent high school dropout rate it’s a great place to reside with such smart guys and gals.

6. Pullman

Smartest Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,851
Adults Without High School Diploma: 3.0%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.1%

Pulling in at the #6 spot is city of Pullman, Washington. With only 3% of adults lacking a diploma and a population hovering around the 30,000 mark this city is one smart cookie.

7. Port Townsend

Smartest Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,168
Adults Without High School Diploma: 3.4%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Port Townsend, our 7th smartest city in the state, is up and coming. With about 9,100 people calling this city home and such a low high school dropout rate this is the place to send your little ones to school.

8. Mill Creek

Smartest Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,667
Adults Without High School Diploma: 3.6%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

THe city of Mill Creek, Washington has taken the #8 spot on our list. With only 3.6% of the adult population lacking a diploma the IQs here must be off the charts!

9. Woodinville

Smartest Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,201
Adults Without High School Diploma: 3.7%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Who wouldn’t want to live in Woodinville? At around 11,200 residents and almost zero high school dropouts this place is a haven for local geniuses.

10. Mukilteo

Smartest Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,635
Adults Without High School Diploma: 2.5%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.7%

Rounding out our list of the 10 smartest cities in the state of Washington is the city of Mukilteo. They earned this spot with only 2.5% of the population lacking a high school diploma.

The kids here are not only staying in school they’re excelling at it!

And that’s how you graduate in style

There you have it folks, the Ten Smartest Cities in the state of Washington. They have the numbers to back it up so go ahead and visit them to soak up some of the smarts around town. If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit www.zippia.com to have all of your questions answered.

Detailed List Of Smartest Cities In Washington

City Rank Population Adults Without High School Diploma Teenage High School Drop Outs
Ridgefield 1 5,373 1.7% 0.0%
Mercer Island 2 23,636 1.9% 0.0%
Issaquah 3 32,551 1.9% 0.0%
Sammamish 4 49,077 1.6% 0.3%
DuPont 5 8,851 2.7% 0.0%
Pullman 6 30,851 3.0% 0.1%
Port Townsend 7 9,168 3.4% 0.0%
Mill Creek 8 18,667 3.6% 0.0%
Woodinville 9 11,201 3.7% 0.0%
Mukilteo 10 20,635 2.5% 0.7%
Bainbridge Island 11 23,206 1.5% 1.3%
Liberty Lake 12 8,027 4.2% 0.0%
Cheney 13 11,014 4.6% 0.0%
Camas 14 20,458 4.6% 0.0%
Steilacoom 15 6,083 4.8% 0.0%
Poulsbo 16 9,436 5.5% 0.0%
Newcastle 17 10,792 1.7% 2.7%
Edmonds 18 40,343 4.0% 1.1%
Bothell 19 34,920 5.7% 0.1%
Milton 20 7,260 5.1% 0.6%
Kenmore 21 21,263 6.0% 0.0%
Kirkland 22 83,320 3.5% 2.4%
Ocean Shores 23 5,609 6.5% 0.0%
University Place 24 31,670 5.4% 1.0%
Redmond 25 56,704 4.5% 2.3%
Richland 26 51,116 4.5% 2.4%
West Richland 27 12,680 6.5% 1.2%
Tumwater 28 18,128 6.2% 1.7%
Maple Valley 29 24,040 3.0% 3.7%
Bellevue 30 132,268 4.4% 3.2%
Gig Harbor 31 7,620 5.2% 2.8%
Brier 32 6,255 5.0% 3.0%
Oak Harbor 33 22,220 6.9% 2.0%
Normandy Park 34 6,491 1.5% 5.9%
Olympia 35 47,847 5.7% 2.9%
Lacey 36 44,031 6.5% 2.5%
Sequim 37 6,651 9.1% 0.0%
Lynden 38 12,579 9.3% 0.0%
Yelm 39 7,398 7.4% 2.3%
Seattle 40 637,850 6.9% 2.6%
Duvall 41 7,185 3.2% 5.3%
Snoqualmie 42 11,625 1.7% 6.5%
Port Angeles 43 19,125 8.0% 2.4%
Mountlake Terrace 44 20,318 9.0% 1.1%
Selah 45 7,328 11.7% 0.0%
Battle Ground 46 18,168 10.8% 0.7%
Anacortes 47 15,965 5.4% 5.0%
Enumclaw 48 11,388 11.8% 0.2%
Snohomish 49 9,326 6.9% 3.9%
Shoreline 50 54,254 8.6% 3.1%
Ellensburg 51 18,455 8.7% 3.1%
Bellingham 52 82,080 7.4% 4.1%
Puyallup 53 38,092 8.2% 3.5%
Port Orchard 54 12,715 7.8% 4.3%
Lake Stevens 55 29,258 8.7% 3.5%
Washougal 56 14,563 7.8% 4.5%
Spokane 57 210,142 8.7% 3.7%
Clarkston 58 7,318 15.9% 0.3%
Ephrata 59 7,888 16.3% 0.2%
Lake Forest Park 60 12,938 4.7% 11.5%
SeaTac 61 27,606 18.1% 0.0%
Fircrest 62 6,592 4.3% 15.2%
Spokane Valley 63 90,829 8.1% 6.1%
Moses Lake 64 21,141 16.9% 0.8%
Covington 65 18,361 6.9% 7.5%
Prosser 66 5,793 20.3% 0.0%
College Place 67 8,905 8.2% 6.3%
Marysville 68 62,472 10.1% 4.6%
Quincy 69 7,075 37.4% 0.0%
Centralia 70 16,664 18.8% 1.0%
Walla Walla 71 31,895 13.1% 3.2%
Sedro-Woolley 72 10,645 10.2% 5.3%
Bremerton 73 38,664 7.4% 9.5%
Aberdeen 74 16,544 17.9% 2.0%
Monroe 75 17,564 16.0% 2.7%
Bonney Lake 76 18,040 8.4% 8.2%
Lynnwood 77 36,267 11.8% 4.4%
Renton 78 95,479 11.6% 4.9%
Vancouver 79 165,554 10.6% 5.8%
Chehalis 80 7,265 15.3% 3.3%
Union Gap 81 6,061 40.2% 1.1%
Edgewood 82 9,538 8.5% 9.3%
Wenatchee 83 32,627 17.1% 3.1%
Stanwood 84 6,468 10.3% 8.1%
Sumner 85 9,548 8.8% 10.2%
Kennewick 86 75,971 13.8% 4.8%
North Bend 87 6,127 7.7% 16.8%
Federal Way 88 91,676 10.5% 8.1%
Everett 89 104,708 13.1% 5.6%
Des Moines 90 30,403 15.4% 4.4%
Airway Heights 91 6,356 8.8% 13.3%
Tacoma 92 201,794 12.5% 6.9%
Auburn 93 73,403 12.9% 6.6%
Arlington 94 18,370 11.1% 8.8%
East Wenatchee 95 13,403 19.0% 3.7%
Fife 96 9,346 10.6% 13.0%
Grandview 97 11,023 44.7% 3.4%
Kent 98 122,620 15.2% 7.2%
Orting 99 6,941 10.1% 16.7%
Burien 100 49,291 15.7% 6.4%
Longview 101 36,589 13.3% 8.8%
Lakewood 102 58,890 11.9% 14.4%
Burlington 103 8,466 15.6% 9.0%
Ferndale 104 12,040 14.1% 12.9%
Hoquiam 105 8,560 17.4% 9.1%
Mount Vernon 106 32,356 19.6% 7.8%
Pacific 107 6,845 15.3% 13.6%
Pasco 108 65,858 30.8% 6.9%
Wapato 109 5,043 58.5% 6.2%
Woodland 110 5,535 15.4% 17.9%
Tukwila 111 19,573 19.4% 10.4%
Toppenish 112 9,007 54.0% 8.4%
Yakima 113 92,806 26.8% 13.0%
Shelton 114 9,798 19.4% 14.7%
Connell 115 5,130 21.2% 15.2%
Kelso 116 11,837 20.2% 23.6%
Sunnyside 117 16,038 47.7% 15.5%
Othello 118 7,524 38.6% 23.7%