Forbes ranks Sammamish as friendliest city

December 26, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012

Sammamish is the friendlest town in the United States in a recent ranking by Forbes magazine.

Forbes joined — a San Francisco-based social network for neighborhoods — to assess 500 small metro areas with populations between 5,500 and 150,000. The assessors ranked cities based on the percentage of owner-occupied homes, crime rate, charitable giving and the percentage of college graduates. then conducted qualitative surveys among members in the highest-rated towns to finalize the top 15.

Sammamish came out on top in the America’s Friendliest Towns list.

“Wives in the suburban Seattle community have been known to swap recipes while their husbands borrow tools. Children play in the cul-de-sacs and walk to school by themselves if they live close enough,” Forbes noted.

Oakland, Calif., suburb Orinda earned the No. 2 spot on the list.

The distinction is the latest national attention for the area. In 2011, Outside magazine ranked Issaquah on the Best Towns list.

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