Movoto blog names Issaquah top city in Washington

December 9, 2013

By Staff

NEW – 6 a.m. Dec. 9, 2013

Movoto Real Estate, in its search for top cities in each state, has named Issaquah its top representative for Washington.

Movoto wrote about Issaquah:

“Coming in at No. 1 is Issaquah, not only for having one of the cooler names on our list, but also for scoring well in almost all of our criteria.”

For its study, Movoto weighed the following criteria:

  • Distance from five-star hiking
  • Number of coffee shops per capita
  • Number of seafood restaurants per capita
  • Total amenities
  • High school diploma attainment rate
  • Commute time to work
  • Average home value
  • Median household income
  • Crime rate
  • Cost of living (100 is the national average)

“Issaquah is one of the best cities in Washington when it comes to hiking — it’s just over two miles away from some of the best trails in the area,” the blog wrote. “It also has a ton of seafood restaurants and coffee shops per capita, making its overall rank in amenities pretty good. Of course, quantity doesn’t always mean quality, but it looks like Issaquah enjoys a lot of both, if seafood places like Jak’s Grill are any indication.

“Folks in Issaquah also win when it comes to education, with a high school diploma attainment rate of 96 percent. This stellar education must aid these kids in the workforce later on, because Issaquah has one of the better median household incomes—an average of about $458,300 per year.”

Rounding out the rest of the top 10 were Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Olympia, Redmond, Mukilteo, Bellingham, Seattle and Richland,

See the rest of Movoto’s top 50 blog here.

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2 Responses to “Movoto blog names Issaquah top city in Washington”

  1. bryan weinstein on December 9th, 2013 7:28 am

    i like issaquah. i also like cheese. seriously, is this a news article or an advertisement? it would be good to know who movoto is and why they are doing this. also we should ask ourselves if these criteria really a great city make. coffee and seafood restaurants?

  2. Jeri Fitz on December 9th, 2013 2:10 pm

    Obviously a flawed study. The median household income is ridiculously wrong. Looks like someone took the median home price and placed it in the wrong column on their report. Per King County: Estimated median household income in 2011: $84,828. Kind of hard to believe it went up $400k.
    Then when you look to see the other cities they rated high, it explains it. This was a media piece for real estate developers.

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