The 10 Best Tacoma Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 45 places around Tacoma to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Tacoma suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Tacoma are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Tacoma for 2021:

  1. Clyde Hill
  2. Mercer Island
  3. Medina
  4. Bainbridge Island
  5. Maple Valley
  6. Newcastle
  7. Bellevue
  8. Covington
  9. Edgewood
  10. Issaquah

What's the best suburb of Tacoma? Clyde Hill ranks as the best suburb of Tacoma for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Clyde Hill, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Tacoma 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Washington:

The 10 Best Tacoma Suburbs To Live For 2021

Clyde Hill, WA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,329
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $238,958
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
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Clyde Hill is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Tacoma area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Clyde Hill."

Everyone here is rich; families average $238,958 a year, which is the highest in the Tacoma region. And only 3.56% are out of work. Homes average more than $2,000,001 each.

Mercer Island, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 25,675
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $147,566
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
More on Mercer Island: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mercer Island is the second best 'burb we looked at near Tacoma for 2021.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 2.32% of residents lack insurance, good for 6th best.

Medina, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,267
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $212,337
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
More on Medina: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Medina, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Tacoma metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Medina.

Bainbridge Island, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 24,486
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $117,990
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Bainbridge Island: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bainbridge Island ranks as the 4th best suburb of Tacoma for 2021.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Bainbridge Island and the schools are some of the best around.

Maple Valley, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 26,352
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $114,159
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Maple Valley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Maple Valley.

Maple Valley gets kudos for having the 11th most expensive homes in the Tacoma area, where houses sell for an average of $414,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Newcastle, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,750
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Income: $129,828
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Newcastle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newcastle is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.76% which is 12th best in the area.

According to online reports, Newcastle is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Tacoma area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Bellevue, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 144,403
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $120,456
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 6.7%
More on Bellevue: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Bellevue.

Bellevue schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 27.8 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.