The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In Washington For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which places in Washington have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2021.

There's a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in Washington:

Should I buy a place or rent? Well, we aren't here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you'll do the right thing and a buy a place. And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in Washington, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Evergreen State.

To do that we are going to look at places in Washington that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the "deals". The best deal in Washington at the moment? That would be Wapato according to our analysis.

Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in Washington for 2021.

The 10 Best Places To Buy A Home In Washington For 2021

  1. Wapato
  2. Sultan
  3. Blaine
  4. Connell
  5. Ocean Shores
  6. Woodland
  7. Union Gap
  8. Prosser
  9. Steilacoom
  10. Normandy Park

What's the best place to buy a home in Washington for 2021? According to our analysis, would the the ideal place to buy a home looking into the future.

The methodology that wen't into this can be a bit complicated, so we'll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below. If you're not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive places to live in Washington and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Washington.

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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In Washington For 2021

Wapato, WA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,041
Median Home Price: $112,400
Population Change: 0.0%
Home Price Change: 4.5%
More on Wapato: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Sultan, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,166
Median Home Price: $290,800
Population Change: 2.5%
Home Price Change: 13.1%
More on Sultan: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Blaine, WA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,313
Median Home Price: $334,000
Population Change: 2.7%
Home Price Change: 10.7%
More on Blaine: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Connell, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,517
Median Home Price: $128,200
Population Change: 0.6%
Home Price Change: 9.4%
More on Connell: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Ocean Shores, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,975
Median Home Price: $233,300
Population Change: 2.8%
Home Price Change: 6.1%
More on Ocean Shores: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Woodland, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,071
Median Home Price: $252,100
Population Change: 2.7%
Home Price Change: 12.8%
More on Woodland: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Union Gap, WA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,163
Median Home Price: $107,800
Population Change: 0.3%
Home Price Change: 2.5%
More on Union Gap: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Prosser, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,202
Median Home Price: $182,900
Population Change: 2.1%
Home Price Change: 8.5%
More on Prosser: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Steilacoom, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,303
Median Home Price: $361,300
Population Change: 0.5%
Home Price Change: 6.9%
More on Steilacoom: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Normandy Park, WA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,670
Median Home Price: $635,600
Population Change: -0.1%
Home Price Change: 8.8%
More on Normandy Park: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine the best places to buy a home in Washington for 2021?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we've put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we'd approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in Washington. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in Washington with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2015-2019 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It's still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still "cheap" for Washington with the following caveats:

So of the 0 cities and towns in Washington, only 120 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 120 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a "best place to buy" index with the place having the lowest index being the best. You can download the data here.

Turns out that Wapato is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Evergreen State.

Read on for more on these places.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Purchase A House In Washington for 2021

There's our analysis of the best places to buy a house in Washington. And, to be clear, we aren't necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 0 places in the state.

So if we'd could rent or buy in these cities, we'd definitely buy.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In Washington

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Wapato 1 $112,400 0.0% 4.5%
Sultan 2 $290,800 2.5% 13.1%
Blaine 3 $334,000 2.7% 10.7%
Connell 4 $128,200 0.6% 9.4%
Ocean Shores 5 $233,300 2.8% 6.1%
Woodland 6 $252,100 2.7% 12.8%
Union Gap 7 $107,800 0.3% 2.5%
Prosser 8 $182,900 2.1% 8.5%
Steilacoom 9 $361,300 0.5% 6.9%
Normandy Park 10 $635,600 -0.1% 8.8%
Fircrest 11 $343,600 1.3% 6.9%
Brier 12 $525,900 0.4% 15.7%
North Bend 13 $548,900 2.2% 12.1%
Stanwood 14 $340,900 1.4% 9.9%
Pacific 15 $281,800 0.5% 7.9%
Sequim 16 $238,500 2.1% 3.7%
Clarkston 17 $143,000 0.3% 1.6%
Chehalis 18 $182,000 1.3% 5.6%
Quincy 19 $153,500 1.5% 6.1%
Milton 20 $303,900 2.3% 8.8%
Ridgefield 21 $398,600 8.2% 7.8%
Selah 22 $224,800 1.2% 0.9%
Duvall 23 $486,500 1.2% 7.6%
Orting 24 $271,800 3.6% 11.4%
Ephrata 25 $162,900 0.3% 5.4%
Othello 26 $164,700 1.5% 3.5%
Hoquiam 27 $110,900 0.5% 15.9%
Airway Heights 28 $174,900 3.3% 3.3%
Toppenish 29 $130,100 -0.4% 9.5%
Burlington 30 $240,800 1.6% 9.2%
Yelm 31 $255,200 2.4% 7.8%
College Place 32 $197,200 0.5% 3.8%
Dupont 33 $328,900 0.6% 3.9%
Port Townsend 34 $338,000 1.3% 9.5%
Liberty Lake 35 $286,200 4.8% 5.0%
Gig Harbor 36 $475,400 5.0% 14.0%
Snohomish 37 $366,500 1.0% 7.0%
Sumner 38 $333,000 1.6% 17.8%
Fife 39 $288,500 1.3% 6.5%
Shelton 40 $162,700 1.7% 3.9%
Poulsbo 41 $360,200 2.9% 7.3%
Grandview 42 $145,400 -0.1% 5.8%
Edgewood 43 $409,100 6.3% 11.4%
Sedro-Woolley 44 $244,000 1.4% 12.8%
Newcastle 45 $759,500 1.7% 9.8%
Enumclaw 46 $299,000 0.9% 9.6%
Kelso 47 $148,100 1.2% 10.6%
Cheney 48 $203,500 1.7% 8.1%
Woodinville 49 $623,600 3.0% 8.0%
Lake Forest Park 50 $623,500 0.4% 11.5%
Snoqualmie 51 $610,700 1.2% 4.9%
East Wenatchee 52 $274,800 1.0% 7.1%
Ferndale 53 $300,600 3.1% 3.3%
Port Orchard 54 $324,200 2.0% 11.0%
Lynden 55 $348,100 3.0% 6.5%
West Richland 56 $270,500 2.2% 10.5%
Washougal 57 $325,500 1.8% 10.1%
Aberdeen 58 $124,300 0.6% 0.1%
Sunnyside 59 $129,400 0.7% 0.0%
Anacortes 60 $406,400 1.5% 8.7%
Centralia 61 $157,300 1.7% 7.9%
Monroe 62 $357,000 2.0% 12.6%
Arlington 63 $323,200 1.7% 9.6%
Port Angeles 64 $217,100 1.1% 7.2%
Ellensburg 65 $234,000 1.9% 4.1%
Tukwila 66 $315,000 -0.0% 9.6%
Battle Ground 67 $282,900 2.4% 7.5%
Mill Creek 68 $536,800 1.9% 10.3%
Bonney Lake 69 $331,200 1.9% 6.7%
Covington 70 $357,300 1.8% 5.9%
Mountlake Terrace 71 $392,600 0.5% 11.3%
Mukilteo 72 $582,700 0.3% 7.1%
Kenmore 73 $572,900 0.8% 8.9%
Tumwater 74 $286,700 2.1% 9.7%
Moses Lake 75 $164,700 1.7% 1.5%
Oak Harbor 76 $277,500 1.2% 6.8%
Camas 77 $441,400 2.6% 9.3%
Bainbridge Island 78 $705,400 1.8% 7.9%
Mercer Island 79 $1,218,200 0.7% 7.3%
Maple Valley 80 $414,400 1.5% 9.9%
Seatac 81 $321,300 0.3% 11.3%
Des Moines 82 $359,100 0.7% 9.0%
Lake Stevens 83 $356,900 2.2% 8.1%
Walla Walla 84 $203,500 0.2% 7.1%
University Place 85 $367,200 1.3% 8.0%
Pullman 86 $272,400 1.7% 5.5%
Wenatchee 87 $253,600 0.3% 6.2%
Mount Vernon 88 $269,100 1.5% 10.5%
Longview 89 $190,400 1.2% 7.6%
Issaquah 90 $642,300 2.8% 13.8%
Lynnwood 91 $395,300 1.3% 9.7%
Bremerton 92 $238,600 1.0% 13.5%
Puyallup 93 $329,000 1.7% 11.0%
Edmonds 94 $536,900 0.6% 11.9%
Bothell 95 $530,300 1.7% 11.9%
Lacey 96 $262,500 2.9% 4.3%
Burien 97 $380,300 0.3% 8.3%
Olympia 98 $297,200 1.4% 7.6%
Shoreline 99 $519,900 0.4% 15.0%
Richland 100 $263,500 2.5% 7.6%

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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