Sammamish, Redmond, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Kirkland named among America’s best small cities

by Patrick Regan

Five towns in the Seattle area ranked among the top 100 Best Small Cities in America, led by Sammamish at No. 12, according to a recent analysis by WalletHub.

WalletHub compared more than 1,300 cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 across five metrics, including affordability, economic health, education and health, quality of life and safety. The cities were also compared across 43 livability indicators, including housing costs, quality of school systems and number of restaurants per capita. 

Sammamish was No. 12 overall among the 1,300 cities measured, finishing 30th for safety, 75th for education and health, 89th for economic health and 183rd for affordability. 

Redmond was No. 21 on the list, boosted by its ranking of nine for economic health, 81 for education and health and 113 for quality of life.

Other Seattle-area communities in the top 100 included Issaquah (37), Mercer Island (50) and Kirkland (69).

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