Sammamish ranks as friendliest town

January 1, 2013

By Staff

Sammamish is the friendliest 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. Oakland, Calif., suburb Orinda earned the No. 2 spot on the list. See the complete list at

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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