The 10 Richest Cities In Washington For 2022


We analyzed 118 places in Washington to determine where the 1% live.

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You might have to win the Washington lottery if you want to live in The Evergreen State’s wealthiest places.

Now, if you’ve never been lucky, you might want to listen up if you’re thinking about calling one of Washington’s richest places home. We think that you can increase your luck if you take a look at HomeSnacks’ list of the top ten richest cities in this Pacific Northwest Paradise for 2022.

But first, some insight into how we identified the top ten. We looked at the latest Census data from the American Community Survey for 121 Washington cities with more than 5,000 residents. And, folks, if you live in the greater Seattle and Tacoma you are definitely Washington’s one percent and you are definitely rubbing elbows with the Joneses.

But, if you don’t live where wealthy Washingtonians are ‘rolling in the dough,’ you’re going to need to find a job that makes at least $103,193/year. And currently, the highest paying jobs are in healthcare and aviation. Next, you’re going to have to have a vacation home in sunny San Diego, California so you have something to talk about at your fancy, rich parties.

So, want to know where Washington’s finest live who only drink the cleanest Crystal Springs Water from Kent and only wear the Eddie Baur brand out of Bellevue? Keep reading.

Here are the 10 richest places in Washington for 2022:

  1. Duvall
  2. Snoqualmie
  3. Sammamish
  4. Newcastle
  5. Mercer Island
  6. Bainbridge Island
  7. Camas
  8. Edgewood
  9. Lake Forest Park
  10. Brier

In order to determine Washington’s richest places, we also looked at the things that wealthy people find worthy of their time and efforts: high paying jobs and low poverty. To this, we gave every city that made Washington’s richest places a Wealth score. Congrats to Washington’s number one richest city, they scored a perfect 10/10!

So, what is Washington’s richest place for 2022? According to the most recent data, that would be Duvall.

To see the other cities in Washington where money REALLY does grow on trees, take a look below. And if you don’t find what you’re looking for there, head to the bottom.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Washington:

The 10 Richest Cities In Washington For 2022

1. Duvall

Duvall, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 7,979
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Income: $162,622
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Duvall: Real Estate | Photos

2. Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,550
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $159,450
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 0.6%
More on Snoqualmie: Real Estate | Photos

3. Sammamish

Sammamish, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 65,265
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Income: $181,464
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Sammamish: Real Estate | Photos

4. Newcastle

Newcastle, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 12,078
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 7)
Median Income: $155,933
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on Newcastle: Real Estate | Photos

5. Mercer Island

Mercer Island, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 25,820
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 13)
Median Income: $150,506
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
More on Mercer Island: Real Estate | Photos

6. Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 24,859
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $125,861
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Bainbridge Island: Real Estate | Photos

7. Camas

Camas, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 24,043
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $115,993
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Camas: Real Estate | Photos

8. Edgewood

Edgewood, WA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,010
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $103,193
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Edgewood: Real Estate | Photos

9. Lake Forest Park

Lake Forest Park, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,455
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 7)
Median Income: $138,043
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on Lake Forest Park: Real Estate | Photos

10. Brier

Brier, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,899
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Income: $124,651
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Brier: Real Estate | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Richest Places In Washington For 2022

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Washington
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2016-2020 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 121 places with more than 5,000 people in Washington, we ranked each place from 1 to 121 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Duvall, crowned the “Richest City In Washington For 2022”. You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 121 places.

Summary: The Wealthiest Places In Washington For 2022

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Washington, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Washington.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Washington, according to data:

Poorest: Pullman
2nd Poorest: Cheney
3rd Poorest: Wapato

For more Washington reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Washington

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Duvall 2.33 $162,622
2 Snoqualmie 3.33 $159,450
3 Sammamish 6.0 $181,464
4 Newcastle 7.0 $155,933
5 Mercer Island 11.0 $150,506
6 Bainbridge Island 12.33 $125,861
7 Camas 14.0 $115,993
8 Edgewood 14.33 $103,193
9 Lake Forest Park 15.67 $138,043
10 Brier 16.67 $124,651
11 Kenmore 18.33 $115,093
12 Gig Harbor 18.67 $84,861
13 Mill Creek 19.0 $104,951
14 Covington 19.67 $106,737
15 Bonney Lake 20.0 $100,951
16 Woodinville 21.0 $114,967
17 Bellevue 22.67 $129,497
18 Mukilteo 22.67 $102,903
19 Redmond 23.67 $132,770
20 Normandy Park 24.0 $102,212
21 Issaquah 24.33 $122,053
22 Edmonds 26.33 $91,499
23 Arlington 27.33 $77,023
24 Dupont 28.67 $93,405
25 Kirkland 29.33 $116,595
26 Ridgefield 29.33 $95,344
27 Bothell 31.33 $107,651
28 Mountlake Terrace 31.33 $80,738
29 Pacific 34.0 $65,022
30 Maple Valley 35.33 $117,706
31 Stanwood 35.67 $71,306
32 Shoreline 36.33 $91,524
33 Monroe 36.33 $88,683
34 Marysville 36.67 $83,239
35 Sultan 37.0 $73,750
36 Battle Ground 38.0 $82,096
37 Renton 38.0 $79,824
38 Lake Stevens 38.33 $93,087
39 North Bend 40.67 $119,392
40 West Richland 41.0 $102,974
41 Seattle 41.67 $97,185
42 Yelm 42.0 $77,297
43 Liberty Lake 43.33 $96,051
44 Steilacoom 43.33 $85,083
45 Lynden 45.0 $70,308
46 University Place 45.67 $77,832
47 Fife 47.67 $75,151
48 Milton 49.67 $77,064
49 Anacortes 50.0 $74,161
50 Auburn 50.33 $76,410
51 Richland 52.33 $77,981
52 Orting 55.33 $85,701
53 Puyallup 55.67 $76,565
54 Poulsbo 56.33 $72,813
55 Selah 57.33 $58,854
56 Woodland 59.67 $70,287
57 Fircrest 60.33 $82,578
58 Wenatchee 60.67 $56,962
59 Enumclaw 61.0 $78,750
60 Snohomish 61.67 $70,234
61 Federal Way 63.67 $68,672
62 Sedro-Woolley 64.0 $63,840
63 Port Orchard 64.67 $71,719
64 Lacey 65.33 $69,752
65 Lynnwood 65.67 $62,926
66 Sumner 66.0 $68,447
67 Everett 67.33 $66,023
68 Quincy 68.0 $57,731
69 Tumwater 69.33 $76,676
70 Des Moines 69.33 $70,268
71 Burien 69.67 $71,233
72 East Wenatchee 70.67 $61,608
73 Moses Lake 71.0 $60,136
74 Connell 71.0 $71,831
75 Tacoma 71.33 $64,457
76 Vancouver 72.0 $63,617
77 Kent 72.33 $73,891
78 Ocean Shores 73.67 $47,003
79 Ephrata 73.67 $71,269
80 Seatac 74.33 $66,131
81 Washougal 74.67 $89,608
82 Spokane Valley 76.33 $56,351
83 Kennewick 76.33 $62,283
84 Pasco 76.67 $64,756
85 Blaine 78.33 $72,772
86 Oak Harbor 80.33 $56,889
87 Bellingham 81.33 $56,198
88 Ferndale 84.67 $62,852
89 Mount Vernon 85.33 $63,194
90 Lakewood 86.0 $55,723
91 Tukwila 86.67 $63,053
92 College Place 86.67 $49,406
93 Walla Walla 89.67 $54,412
94 Bremerton 90.0 $57,963
95 Olympia 90.33 $63,185
96 Burlington 90.67 $55,451
97 Port Angeles 90.67 $48,567
98 Grandview 92.67 $50,444
99 Spokane 95.33 $52,600
100 Airway Heights 97.67 $54,690

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the richest cities in Washington.

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.

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