This week Money Magazine named Snoqualmie one of the Best Place to Live [in America], ranking the small city with almost 12,000 residents #5 on its yearly list.
Money stated that it used an extensive process to come up with the list, starting with all towns with populations between 10,000 – 50,000. Then towns with extremes in wealth or poverty compared to the rest of the state, lack of diversity, high crime and problem schools are excluded.
With the list narrowed down to about 2,000 towns, a formula was then applied that assessed towns across 40 different data points. Once that data was crunched, they then set out and visited the towns that had risen to the top, sending reporters out to interview community members and boards, visit parks, learn about the towns and cultural events in the area.
This was the first time Snoqualmie made it to the top 10 on Money’s Best Places to Live list. One other Washington town made the list – Mukilteo at #47.
Money’s Best Places to Live 2015
- Apex, NC
- Papillion, NE
- Sharon, MA
- Louisville, CO
- Snoqualmie, WA
- Sherwood, OR
- Chanhassen, MN
- Coppell, TX
- Simsbury, CT
- Solon, OH
Snoqualmie According to Money Magazine:
This stunning spot near the Cascades has long been known for Snoqualmie Falls, a symbol of the natural beauty that surrounds the onetime timber and railroad town. These days Snoqualmie is getting traction for other reasons: top-ranked schools, a superb network of bike paths, and residential cul-de-sacs teeming with kids (more than a third of locals are under 18).
Read the full Money Magazine article and see the complete list of 50 ‘Best Places to Live’ towns HERE.