Best Places in Washington for Raising Kids

The Best Towns in Washington for Raising Kids

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In the northwest corner of America, the raw beauty and rich culture of Washington remain a secret to many. Yet, as the state’s cities continue to grow, word is getting out: Washington is an amazing place for active families.

With metropolitan cities resting at the foot of mountains and many award-winning school districts, limiting the final number to 10 was a challenge.

NerdWallet’s analysis

NerdWallet examined the data on Washington with these key questions in mind:

Does the town have good schools? We used scores from GreatSchools, a nonprofit that rates public schools in a given town with their standardized test scores. Those results were then compared to the state average to arrive at a final rating from 1 to 10, with 10 the highest. Higher ratings led to a higher overall score.

How affordable are the homes? We looked at the cost of living, including ongoing, monthly homeowner costs — mortgage payments, taxes, insurance costs, utilities, fuels and other bills. Lower costs led to a higher overall score.

Is the town growing and prospering? We evaluated a town’s economy with its median annual household income and income growth over the last decade. A higher income and greater growth led to a higher overall score.

Don’t miss our 2014 rankings of this study.

The best towns in Washington for raising kids

1. Maple Valley

Maple Valley has been previously recognized as a great place for families — and for good reason. With a population of 22,684 and growing, the city boasts affordable homes, award-winning schools and access to outdoor recreation. Both Tahoma High School and Glacier Park Elementary have embraced the surrounding mountains, rivers and valleys as their living classroom and pioneered environmental education. Students directly apply what they’ve learned with projects that use solar energy, reduce waste and better manage stormwater runoff. On the weekends, hiking and fishing in the Cascades await, while fresh produce at the local farmers market abounds.

2. Woodinville

Woodinville is well known in Washington as the site of Chateau Ste. Michelle winery, Redhook Brewery and The Herbfarm, a destination restaurant, but it’s also known for its great quality of life. Less than 20 miles from Seattle, Woodinville maintains a thriving and close community of over 10,000 residents. Parents are actively involved in the improvement of local schools that are already high performing at every level by state standards. And the winery organizes a summer concert series, bringing in world-renowned musicians while the brewery hosts outdoor movies.

3. Issaquah

About 17 miles west of Seattle, Issaquah, near the tip of Lake Sammamish, offers plenty of family-friendly excursions by lake or by trail. Issaquah School District provides students at all levels with a supportive, holistic education with many extracurricular opportunities to spur creativity. The Boeing Co. and Microsoft are top employers of Issaquah residents and the city remains the headquarters of several large corporations, including Costco, which explains why this suburb is among the fastest-growing cities in the country. Yet, as the number of residents increases, the community continues to strengthen, offering family-fun events like the annual Salmon Days Festival and the First Friday Artwalks series.

4. Tumwater

Before the founding of Seattle in the mid-1800s, a small community at the southernmost tip of Puget Sound had already sprung along the Deschutes River. This area south of Olympia is home to beautiful scenery and high-performing schools. Home costs are lower than other towns on our list, making Tumwater an excellent choice for families at different income levels. The city offers a full range of programming to engage the whole family in activities.

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5. Bainbridge Island

Watching the sunset over Puget Sound from the vantage of Bainbridge Island is a sight not to be missed. Bainbridge Island’s high school consistently ranks among the top in Washington while its sailing team dominates races. This elegant island community is a 35-minute ferry ride to Seattle. Marketplaces sprout from different corners of the island offering shops and restaurants. If you’re looking for that slow-paced community feel within view and commute of the city, Bainbridge Island is an excellent choice.

6. Lake Forest Park

Lake Forest Park is one of the first planned communities in the Seattle area and, to this day, the suburb remains mostly residential. Lush, green parks dot the landscape around the northern tip of Lake Washington. The Burke Gilman Trail snakes along the lakeshore until the walking and biking trail connects with Lake Union, closer to Seattle. Lake Forest Park hosts a bustling farmers market and town activities. It’s also about a 14-mile commute to Seattle.

7. Redmond

Redmond, often considered Washington’s equivalent of Silicon Valley, continues to grow as the headquarters of Microsoft, Nintendo of America, Concur Technologies and more. The school system excels with a near-perfect rating from GreatSchools. The city offers new restaurants, pubs, theaters and shops. Redmond is also home to the state’s only velodrome and boasts a thriving cycling culture. As the largest place on our list, Redmond is a thriving, active, and well-educated city.

8. Newcastle

Nestled upon hills rising from Lake Washington, Newcastle grants views of the Olympic Mountains, Bellevue and Seattle. The local schools are split between two districts, Renton and Issaquah, while Bellevue, Redmond and Seattle are all within a short commute. Through the work of volunteers, Newcastle has an elaborate trail system and 12 parks. The town is also well known for its golf course at the Golf Club at Newcastle.

9. Mukilteo

At “Mukilteo by the Sea” the houses dot the hillsides facing Whidbey Island and Puget Sound. This community’s schools are consistently at the top of the pack, both in Washington and nationally. Kamiak High School is famous for being the most expensive high school in the country. The school district serves a large number of students but that figure hasn’t hindered quality in the slightest. Schools at every level consistently win awards, namely the Washington Achievement Award. To top it all off, Mukilteo is home to one of three Ivar’s, a beloved Northwest seafood restaurant chain.

10. Lynden

About five miles south of the Canadian border, Lynden embraces its pioneer history and fosters a warm community. With its iconic downtown windmill surrounded by quaint storefronts and a myriad of delicious restaurants, the town maintains a small, close-knit feel. Lynden is about a 30-minute drive north of Bellingham, home to Western Washington University and a bustling ferry terminal serving Alaska-bound passengers and more. For families looking for an affordable small-town location, Lynden fits the bill with lots of character and decent schools.

The best towns in Washington for raising kids

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RankCityNearest big cityGreatSchools ratingMedian home valueMonthly owner costsMedian household incomeGrowth 1999-2011Score
1Maple ValleySeattle9$342,400$2,349$98,26446.32%66.05
2WoodinvilleSeattle10$453,500$2,468$91,04933.67%64.21
3IssaquahSeattle9$447,700$2,504$87,03850.35%63.80
4TumwaterOlympia8$256,800$1,810$63,59846.78%62.50
5Bainbridge IslandSeattle10$610,300$2,669$96,13037.11%62.04
6Lake Forest ParkSeattle9$459,100$2,319$100,97236.17%61.57
7RedmondSeattle9$460,200$2,361$92,85139.13%61.54
8NewcastleSeattle10$582,000$2,807$106,33932.39%61.41
9MukilteoEverett9$478,700$2,527$93,12038.32%60.28
10LyndenBellingham9$288,200$1,636$52,47722.70%59.77

Methodology

The overall score for each city was derived from the following measures:

GreatSchools ratings are calculated by averaging the weighted overall rating for each school in the city (weighted by the number of students enrolled at the school).

Median home values, monthly homeowner costs, median annual household income and income changes from 1999 to 2011 are from the U.S. Census Bureau.

This analysis included 111 Washington cities, towns and census-designated places. Only places with populations over 10,000 were considered.


Issaquah, Washington, image via iStock.

 

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  • larry s

    Issaquah has never been the headquarters of Microsoft or Boeing.Microsoft’s first HQ was Bellevue, then Redmond. Boeing’s HQ was Plant 2 in Seattle, until the 2001 move to Chicago
    Research doesn’t do itself, bud.

    • Joe Bergin

      It says that Boeing and Microsoft are large employers of Issaquah residents, not that they are based there. Reading doesn’t do itself, bud.

      • larry s

        They corrected the copy before you read it because of my comment. It used to credit Issaquah as being HQ of both Microsoft and Boeing. Actually, only Costco is headquartered there. Say it ain’t so, Joe.

        • Rosa (Mom) Simmons

          Geez they left St John out. What the????

  • larry s

    Issaquah has never been the headquarters of Microsoft or Boeing.Microsoft’s first HQ was Bellevue, then Redmond. Boeing’s HQ was Plant 2 in Seattle, until the 2001 move to Chicago
    Research doesn’t do itself, bud.

  • larry s

    Issaquah has never been the headquarters of Microsoft or Boeing.Microsoft’s first HQ was Bellevue, then Redmond. Boeing’s HQ was Plant 2 in Seattle, until the 2001 move to Chicago
    Research doesn’t do itself, bud.

    • Joe Bergin

      It says that Boeing and Microsoft are large employers of Issaquah residents, not that they are based there. Reading doesn’t do itself, bud.

      • larry s

        They corrected the copy before you read it because of my comment. It used to credit Issaquah as being HQ of both Microsoft and Boeing. Actually, only Costco is headquartered there. Say it ain’t so, Joe.

        • Rosa (Mom) Simmons

          Geez they left St John out. What the????

  • Bart Coppin

    Not a single city/town east of the mountains?

    • Casey Tran Chen

      I know! We have so much here in Eastern Washington. The Tri-Cities should be on this list – we have good schools, were not hit as hard in the recession, and real estate is still going (and has been) really well. I know we have Hanford, but it’s not all bad as people make it out to be.

      • davessworks

        It’s all relative

  • Bart Coppin

    Not a single city/town east of the mountains?

  • Bart Coppin

    Not a single city/town east of the mountains?

    • Casey Tran Chen

      I know! We have so much here in Eastern Washington. The Tri-Cities should be on this list – we have good schools, were not hit as hard in the recession, and real estate is still going (and has been) really well. I know we have Hanford, but it’s not all bad as people make it out to be.

      • davessworks

        It’s all relative

  • http://www.facebook.com/dennis.maley.16 Dennis Maley

    The main selection requirement is distance to Seattle!!! Get a life and get in the car, Washington is more than a Burb of Seattle!!!!

    • davessworks

      OR – you could read the article and see the following:

      The overall score for each city was derived from the following measures:

      GreatSchools city rating. GreatSchools city ratings are calculated by averaging the weighted overall rating for each school in the city (weighted by the number of students enrolled at the school)

      Median home value from the U.S. Census (2011 ACS, data set DP04, half-weighted)

      Monthly homeowner costs from the U.S. Census (2011 ACS, data set DP04, half-weighted)

      Median household income from the U.S. Census (2011 ACS, data set DP03, half-weighted)

      Income change between 1999 and 2011 from the from the U.S. Census (data sets P053 and DP03, half-weighted

  • Dennis Maley

    The main selection requirement is distance to Seattle!!! Get a life and get in the car, Washington is more than a Burb of Seattle!!!!

  • Dennis Maley

    The main selection requirement is distance to Seattle!!! Get a life and get in the car, Washington is more than a Burb of Seattle!!!!

    • davessworks

      OR – you could read the article and see the following:

      The overall score for each city was derived from the following measures:

      GreatSchools city rating. GreatSchools city ratings are calculated by averaging the weighted overall rating for each school in the city (weighted by the number of students enrolled at the school)

      Median home value from the U.S. Census (2011 ACS, data set DP04, half-weighted)

      Monthly homeowner costs from the U.S. Census (2011 ACS, data set DP04, half-weighted)

      Median household income from the U.S. Census (2011 ACS, data set DP03, half-weighted)

      Income change between 1999 and 2011 from the from the U.S. Census (data sets P053 and DP03, half-weighted

  • Caller

    The nerds forgot to include the horrible death of Ostling’s son who was shot in his own home on Bainbridge behind his door in less than 5 minutes after police responded to his 911 call for help. Then forced to bleed to death while his family pleaded with police to allow medics to help their son, denying them the right to provide assistance to their loved one in their home. The family received a $1,000,000 settlement after fighting the city for years in the courts. To make matters worse, the family was publicly humiliated inappropriately by the Kitsap prosecutor and city, and in the press to
    intimidate and bully the family.

    http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2017598651_bainbridgeday126m.html
    http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2017605686_bainbridge27m.html

    Bainbridge police routinely harass kids and young families often endangering their lives, and falsely accusing people of crimes. Pulling guns on people at their homes for false complaints. Forcing residents to spend money to defend themselves against frivolous charges to help justify an Island court and judge and support a burgeoning population of unethical resident attorneys.

    Too much corruption and graft on Bainbridge to consider this a good place to raise kids. When the town judge is married to the biggest developer you can only imagine the nonsense that makes raising kids on Bainbridge a very dangerous proposition. Pay 40 dollars/day to commute by car ferry, and live in an expensive Grow Ave Shoe Box stacked like sardines, and be harassed by local authority and dissed by self-important Bainbridge elites. Including those serving on the local school administration and board. Good Luck with that. Sell while you can still get out before the drinking water is really messed up by over-development, and the humongous Superfund site that is now a park oozing contamination at dangerous levels, and other hazardous parks with cancer causing waste. YUCK.

    • Tiphany Lopez

      They didn’t include Eastern Washington because it’s not a desirable place to live in Washington, compared to the west.

  • Caller

    The nerds forgot to include the horrible death of Ostling’s son who was shot in his own home on Bainbridge behind his door in less than 5 minutes after police responded to his 911 call for help. Then forced to bleed to death while his family pleaded with police to allow medics to help their son, denying them the right to provide assistance to their loved one in their home. The family received a $1,000,000 settlement after fighting the city for years in the courts. To make matters worse, the family was publicly humiliated inappropriately by the Kitsap prosecutor and city, and in the press to
    intimidate and bully the family.

    http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2017598651_bainbridgeday126m.html
    http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2017605686_bainbridge27m.html

    Bainbridge police routinely harass kids and young families often endangering their lives, and falsely accusing people of crimes. Pulling guns on people at their homes for false complaints. Forcing residents to spend money to defend themselves against frivolous charges to help justify an Island court and judge and support a burgeoning population of unethical resident attorneys.

    Too much corruption and graft on Bainbridge to consider this a good place to raise kids. When the town judge is married to the biggest developer you can only imagine the nonsense that makes raising kids on Bainbridge a very dangerous proposition. Pay 40 dollars/day to commute by car ferry, and live in an expensive Grow Ave Shoe Box stacked like sardines, and be harassed by local authority and dissed by self-important Bainbridge elites. Including those serving on the local school administration and board. Good Luck with that. Sell while you can still get out before the drinking water is really messed up by over-development, and the humongous Superfund site that is now a park oozing contamination at dangerous levels, and other hazardous parks with cancer causing waste. YUCK.

  • Caller

    The nerds forgot to include the horrible death of Ostling’s son who was shot in his own home on Bainbridge behind his door in less than 5 minutes after police responded to his 911 call for help. Then forced to bleed to death while his family pleaded with police to allow medics to help their son, denying them the right to provide assistance to their loved one in their home. The family received a $1,000,000 settlement after fighting the city for years in the courts. To make matters worse, the family was publicly humiliated inappropriately by the Kitsap prosecutor and city, and in the press to
    intimidate and bully the family.

    http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2017598651_bainbridgeday126m.html
    http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2017605686_bainbridge27m.html

    Bainbridge police routinely harass kids and young families often endangering their lives, and falsely accusing people of crimes. Pulling guns on people at their homes for false complaints. Forcing residents to spend money to defend themselves against frivolous charges to help justify an Island court and judge and support a burgeoning population of unethical resident attorneys.

    Too much corruption and graft on Bainbridge to consider this a good place to raise kids. When the town judge is married to the biggest developer you can only imagine the nonsense that makes raising kids on Bainbridge a very dangerous proposition. Pay 40 dollars/day to commute by car ferry, and live in an expensive Grow Ave Shoe Box stacked like sardines, and be harassed by local authority and dissed by self-important Bainbridge elites. Including those serving on the local school administration and board. Good Luck with that. Sell while you can still get out before the drinking water is really messed up by over-development, and the humongous Superfund site that is now a park oozing contamination at dangerous levels, and other hazardous parks with cancer causing waste. YUCK.

    • Tiphany Lopez

      They didn’t include Eastern Washington because it’s not a desirable place to live in Washington, compared to the west.

  • Caller

    The nerds forgot to include the horrible death of Ostling’s son who was shot in his own home
    behind his door in less than 5 minutes after police responded to his 911
    call for help. Then forced to bleed to death while his family pleaded
    with police to allow medics to help their son, denying them the right to
    provide assistance to their loved one in their home. The family received a
    $1,000,000 settlement after fighting the city for years in the courts.
    To make matters worse, the family was inappropriately publicly humiliated
    by the county prosecutor and city, and in the press, to 
intimidate the family.
    



    The police routinely harass kids and young families, often endangering their lives, and falsely
    accusing people of crimes. Pulling guns on people at their homes for false
    complaints. Forcing residents to spend money to defend themselves against
    frivolous charges, to help justify an Island court and judge, and support a
    burgeoning population of unethical resident attorneys. 



    Too much corruption and graft on Bainbridge, to consider this a good place to raise kids.
    When the town judge is married to the biggest developer, you can only
    imagine the nonsense that makes raising kids on Bainbridge a very
    dangerous proposition. Imagine, pay 40 $/day to commute by car ferry, live
    in a Grow Ave shoe box stacked like sardines, be harassed by local
    authority and dissed by self-important Bainbridge elites. Including those
    serving on the local school administration and board. Good Luck with that.
    Sell while you can still get out before the drinking water is really
    messed up by over-development, and the humongous Superfund site that is
    now a park oozing contamination at dangerous levels, and many other hazardous waste city parks
    with cancer causing waste. YUCK.

  • Caller

    The nerds forgot to include the horrible death of Ostling’s son who was shot in his own home
    behind his door in less than 5 minutes after police responded to his 911
    call for help. Then forced to bleed to death while his family pleaded
    with police to allow medics to help their son, denying them the right to
    provide assistance to their loved one in their home. The family received a
    $1,000,000 settlement after fighting the city for years in the courts.
    To make matters worse, the family was inappropriately publicly humiliated
    by the county prosecutor and city, and in the press, to 
intimidate the family.
    



    The police routinely harass kids and young families, often endangering their lives, and falsely
    accusing people of crimes. Pulling guns on people at their homes for false
    complaints. Forcing residents to spend money to defend themselves against
    frivolous charges, to help justify an Island court and judge, and support a
    burgeoning population of unethical resident attorneys. 



    Too much corruption and graft on Bainbridge, to consider this a good place to raise kids.
    When the town judge is married to the biggest developer, you can only
    imagine the nonsense that makes raising kids on Bainbridge a very
    dangerous proposition. Imagine, pay 40 $/day to commute by car ferry, live
    in a Grow Ave shoe box stacked like sardines, be harassed by local
    authority and dissed by self-important Bainbridge elites. Including those
    serving on the local school administration and board. Good Luck with that.
    Sell while you can still get out before the drinking water is really
    messed up by over-development, and the humongous Superfund site that is
    now a park oozing contamination at dangerous levels, and many other hazardous waste city parks
    with cancer causing waste. YUCK.

  • Caller

    The nerds forgot to include the horrible death of Ostling’s son who was shot in his own home
    behind his door in less than 5 minutes after police responded to his 911
    call for help. Then forced to bleed to death while his family pleaded
    with police to allow medics to help their son, denying them the right to
    provide assistance to their loved one in their home. The family received a
    $1,000,000 settlement after fighting the city for years in the courts.
    To make matters worse, the family was inappropriately publicly humiliated
    by the county prosecutor and city, and in the press, to 
intimidate the family.
    



    The police routinely harass kids and young families, often endangering their lives, and falsely
    accusing people of crimes. Pulling guns on people at their homes for false
    complaints. Forcing residents to spend money to defend themselves against
    frivolous charges, to help justify an Island court and judge, and support a
    burgeoning population of unethical resident attorneys. 



    Too much corruption and graft on Bainbridge, to consider this a good place to raise kids.
    When the town judge is married to the biggest developer, you can only
    imagine the nonsense that makes raising kids on Bainbridge a very
    dangerous proposition. Imagine, pay 40 $/day to commute by car ferry, live
    in a Grow Ave shoe box stacked like sardines, be harassed by local
    authority and dissed by self-important Bainbridge elites. Including those
    serving on the local school administration and board. Good Luck with that.
    Sell while you can still get out before the drinking water is really
    messed up by over-development, and the humongous Superfund site that is
    now a park oozing contamination at dangerous levels, and many other hazardous waste city parks
    with cancer causing waste. YUCK.

  • Anthony Foltz

    Wow, yea if you can afford a 2000 to 3000 dollar a month house payment let alone all the congestion, stress and cost of commuting it would be great to live over on that side of the mountains if I was bill gates. There are some great cities on the east side of the state? Parts of the Spokane area, Wenatchee and Areas of the tri cities..

  • Anthony Foltz

    Wow, yea if you can afford a 2000 to 3000 dollar a month house payment let alone all the congestion, stress and cost of commuting it would be great to live over on that side of the mountains if I was bill gates. There are some great cities on the east side of the state? Parts of the Spokane area, Wenatchee and Areas of the tri cities..

  • carey

    we live in fife and its amazing every year they have a harvest festival with free hot dog meals,caorn entertainment and fireworks, they also have a Halloween party at the high school and everythings free they handed out flashlights,ice cream and a bunch of other things and around Christmas they have a santa run where santa santa runs around town with a firetruck handing out presents to all the children I absolutely love fife. I couldnt imagine living any where else.

  • carey

    we live in fife and its amazing every year they have a harvest festival with free hot dog meals,caorn entertainment and fireworks, they also have a Halloween party at the high school and everythings free they handed out flashlights,ice cream and a bunch of other things and around Christmas they have a santa run where santa santa runs around town with a firetruck handing out presents to all the children I absolutely love fife. I couldnt imagine living any where else.

  • carey

    we live in fife and its amazing every year they have a harvest festival with free hot dog meals,caorn entertainment and fireworks, they also have a Halloween party at the high school and everythings free they handed out flashlights,ice cream and a bunch of other things and around Christmas they have a santa run where santa santa runs around town with a firetruck handing out presents to all the children I absolutely love fife. I couldnt imagine living any where else.

  • true

    So my fiancee and I want to leave the east coast and never look back,we’re lesbians and want to raise a family, is washington and it’s cities safe for myself and my family if so what cities are the best

  • true

    So my fiancee and I want to leave the east coast and never look back,we’re lesbians and want to raise a family, is washington and it’s cities safe for myself and my family if so what cities are the best

  • true

    So my fiancee and I want to leave the east coast and never look back,we’re lesbians and want to raise a family, is washington and it’s cities safe for myself and my family if so what cities are the best

  • SAHM937

    My husband and I are planning a move to Washington for next year (Late Spring 2015) from Ohio. We are looking for a city that’s not too small and not to rural, but not big either. The city we’re currently in has about 66k residents and that’s bigger than what we would like Maybe something around 5-10k residents ..maybe even fewer if the other factors were right on. We hope for a place where we can have some land. We’re going to have a few horses for personal riding, and a few other small farm animals (chickens, a few goats..Maybe a rabbit or 2) ..We also would like to have a Fairly decent sized greenhouse, as well as run our family HVAC company from our home office. We have 4 children who are all active with our animals, as well as enjoy sports. Our son has a few learning disabilities so schools are very important when it comes to flexibility for him, and still being able to work for his sisters. We would much rather stay in Eastern Washington, and prefer Mid-Southern part of state. We hope to rent a home for the 1st year or so until we are established and then purchase a home (4-5 bedrooms, half acre or more, porch or patio or deck. A garage or barn, etc. We don’t mind fixer uppers either. We would like to keep it in the high 200’s-mid 300k range. We are used to Ohio weather here we had 85 degree heat and snow in the same week. We would like to avoid that, but is acceptable since its what we are used to lol We had been looking in areas such as Cheney, Medical Lake, etc. Could anyone recommend a few places for us to look into

  • SAHM937

    My husband and I are planning a move to Washington for next year (Late Spring 2015) from Ohio. We are looking for a city that’s not too small and not to rural, but not big either. The city we’re currently in has about 66k residents and that’s bigger than what we would like Maybe something around 5-10k residents ..maybe even fewer if the other factors were right on. We hope for a place where we can have some land. We’re going to have a few horses for personal riding, and a few other small farm animals (chickens, a few goats..Maybe a rabbit or 2) ..We also would like to have a Fairly decent sized greenhouse, as well as run our family HVAC company from our home office. We have 4 children who are all active with our animals, as well as enjoy sports. Our son has a few learning disabilities so schools are very important when it comes to flexibility for him, and still being able to work for his sisters. We would much rather stay in Eastern Washington, and prefer Mid-Southern part of state. We hope to rent a home for the 1st year or so until we are established and then purchase a home (4-5 bedrooms, half acre or more, porch or patio or deck. A garage or barn, etc. We don’t mind fixer uppers either. We would like to keep it in the high 200’s-mid 300k range. We are used to Ohio weather here we had 85 degree heat and snow in the same week. We would like to avoid that, but is acceptable since its what we are used to lol We had been looking in areas such as Cheney, Medical Lake, etc. Could anyone recommend a few places for us to look into

  • SAHM937

    My husband and I are planning a move to Washington for next year (Late Spring 2015) from Ohio. We are looking for a city that’s not too small and not to rural, but not big either. The city we’re currently in has about 66k residents and that’s bigger than what we would like Maybe something around 5-10k residents ..maybe even fewer if the other factors were right on. We hope for a place where we can have some land. We’re going to have a few horses for personal riding, and a few other small farm animals (chickens, a few goats..Maybe a rabbit or 2) ..We also would like to have a Fairly decent sized greenhouse, as well as run our family HVAC company from our home office. We have 4 children who are all active with our animals, as well as enjoy sports. Our son has a few learning disabilities so schools are very important when it comes to flexibility for him, and still being able to work for his sisters. We would much rather stay in Eastern Washington, and prefer Mid-Southern part of state. We hope to rent a home for the 1st year or so until we are established and then purchase a home (4-5 bedrooms, half acre or more, porch or patio or deck. A garage or barn, etc. We don’t mind fixer uppers either. We would like to keep it in the high 200’s-mid 300k range. We are used to Ohio weather here we had 85 degree heat and snow in the same week. We would like to avoid that, but is acceptable since its what we are used to lol We had been looking in areas such as Cheney, Medical Lake, etc. Could anyone recommend a few places for us to look into

  • boys3

    What about Spokane? Any feedback appreciated. We have two boys 7 and 9. Thanks.

  • boys3

    What about Spokane? Any feedback appreciated. We have two boys 7 and 9. Thanks.

  • boys3

    What about Spokane? Any feedback appreciated. We have two boys 7 and 9. Thanks.

  • ingridcrozier

    Curious that all the towns are in Western Wa
    Whats with that. I grew up in Ephrata, with great schools and good community. Yes it was a small town but a great place to be from.

  • ingridcrozier

    Curious that all the towns are in Western Wa
    Whats with that. I grew up in Ephrata, with great schools and good community. Yes it was a small town but a great place to be from.

  • ingridcrozier

    Curious that all the towns are in Western Wa
    Whats with that. I grew up in Ephrata, with great schools and good community. Yes it was a small town but a great place to be from.

  • Greg D

    I currently live in So California near Riverside. I have a BS in Business Marketing and a lousy job history (ie- “job-hopping”, though not my fault [busted companies, lay-offs, months of unemployment, hustle sales jobs, etc]) because the economy here wants Masters now for something better than crappy retail, warehouse, hustle sales, and other dead-end front line jobs. I plan on moving to the Spokane-ish area in the next few months. I currently can’t afford a house above $200k and need a 4 br. I thought Spokane since it has stuff to do like nearby Silverwood and other parks, is decently large enough, the schools seem nice, reasonable housing, open-minded, and it seems pretty well put together overall. However, I don’t know the economy (major businesses hiring regularly, etc) nor areas to move to or even avoid. I have a sense from a few sites but opinions and referrals are helpful. I’m trying to get a fresh start somewhere that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to accomplish so I can get on my feet with my family (wife, her dad, 2 girls). Please help. I need info.

  • Greg D

    I currently live in So California near Riverside. I have a BS in Business Marketing and a lousy job history (ie- “job-hopping”, though not my fault [busted companies, lay-offs, months of unemployment, hustle sales jobs, etc]) because the economy here wants Masters now for something better than crappy retail, warehouse, hustle sales, and other dead-end front line jobs. I plan on moving to the Spokane-ish area in the next few months. I currently can’t afford a house above $200k and need a 4 br. I thought Spokane since it has stuff to do like nearby Silverwood and other parks, is decently large enough, the schools seem nice, reasonable housing, open-minded, and it seems pretty well put together overall. However, I don’t know the economy (major businesses hiring regularly, etc) nor areas to move to or even avoid. I have a sense from a few sites but opinions and referrals are helpful. I’m trying to get a fresh start somewhere that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to accomplish so I can get on my feet with my family (wife, her dad, 2 girls). Please help. I need info.

  • Greg D

    I currently live in So California near Riverside. I have a BS in Business Marketing and a lousy job history (ie- “job-hopping”, though not my fault [busted companies, lay-offs, months of unemployment, hustle sales jobs, etc]) because the economy here wants Masters now for something better than crappy retail, warehouse, hustle sales, and other dead-end front line jobs. I plan on moving to the Spokane-ish area in the next few months. I currently can’t afford a house above $200k and need a 4 br. I thought Spokane since it has stuff to do like nearby Silverwood and other parks, is decently large enough, the schools seem nice, reasonable housing, open-minded, and it seems pretty well put together overall. However, I don’t know the economy (major businesses hiring regularly, etc) nor areas to move to or even avoid. I have a sense from a few sites but opinions and referrals are helpful. I’m trying to get a fresh start somewhere that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to accomplish so I can get on my feet with my family (wife, her dad, 2 girls). Please help. I need info.

  • Deborah Dills

    If you love the sun, and were raised in a warm climate most of your life, and enjoy friendly people—then STAY AWAY FROM WASHINGTON STATE and the northern west part of the country.
    I move to Bellingham in 2011, from Texas, and have lived in other places in the U.S. and must say, ‘this is the worst place I have ever lived”. Even the Seattle Times published an article called the Seattle Freeze, and the people here are not warm and friendly, My 2 sons were raised in a military family, and also in the south, and say, “yes ma’am and no sir” when spoken to by adults, But people here feel that it is condescending for them to have manners like this, and tell the boys not to say this to them.
    Life in Bellingham is boring, and I must say, it sucks many years of your life away. If you are not in college, or retired, or don’t drink alcohol and party, then this area is also not for you. Isolated from anything, including major cities, and things to do, Bellingham in general is dark, wet, boring, and a black hole that sucks the life out of you. All I find are bars, breweries and all things that surround drinking alcoholic beverages. There is no dating here, especially for those of over 50 +, who are well kept, thin and love the arts, music, theater, the beach, swimming, and good food, which is over priced and tasteless, If you aren’t a vegan, or gluten free,or want good BBQ, or Asian, then this area also isn’t for you.

    Without a doubt, anywhere you go in Washington State, and not just Bellingham, there is an isolation mentality that seems to be the norm. When I look at people in the grocery stores, or on the street, their heads are low, their eyes down, and faces covered and never seem to smile, or say hello to those passing by them, And to me, this place seems to not allow those to get close to them, and is very closed and cliquish too.

    It’s like living in the “Twilight Zone” for me and my family, and cannot wait to leave this horrible place, and not look back as if I am living in Sodom and Gommorah, or else I will turn to a pillar of salt if I do. It is as if those who live in WA state, know of nothing else to compare anything else to, because if they did, they would positively see that there is so much more out there for them in so many more areas of their lives.

    Leaving soon and never looking back again.

  • Deborah Dills

    If you love the sun, and were raised in a warm climate most of your life, and enjoy friendly people—then STAY AWAY FROM WASHINGTON STATE and the northern west part of the country.
    I move to Bellingham in 2011, from Texas, and have lived in other places in the U.S. and must say, ‘this is the worst place I have ever lived”. Even the Seattle Times published an article called the Seattle Freeze, and the people here are not warm and friendly, My 2 sons were raised in a military family, and also in the south, and say, “yes ma’am and no sir” when spoken to by adults, But people here feel that it is condescending for them to have manners like this, and tell the boys not to say this to them.
    Life in Bellingham is boring, and I must say, it sucks many years of your life away. If you are not in college, or retired, or don’t drink alcohol and party, then this area is also not for you. Isolated from anything, including major cities, and things to do, Bellingham in general is dark, wet, boring, and a black hole that sucks the life out of you. All I find are bars, breweries and all things that surround drinking alcoholic beverages. There is no dating here, especially for those of over 50 +, who are well kept, thin and love the arts, music, theater, the beach, swimming, and good food, which is over priced and tasteless, If you aren’t a vegan, or gluten free,or want good BBQ, or Asian, then this area also isn’t for you.

    Without a doubt, anywhere you go in Washington State, and not just Bellingham, there is an isolation mentality that seems to be the norm. When I look at people in the grocery stores, or on the street, their heads are low, their eyes down, and faces covered and never seem to smile, or say hello to those passing by them, And to me, this place seems to not allow those to get close to them, and is very closed and cliquish too.

    It’s like living in the “Twilight Zone” for me and my family, and cannot wait to leave this horrible place, and not look back as if I am living in Sodom and Gommorah, or else I will turn to a pillar of salt if I do. It is as if those who live in WA state, know of nothing else to compare anything else to, because if they did, they would positively see that there is so much more out there for them in so many more areas of their lives.

    Leaving soon and never looking back again.

  • Deborah Dills

    If you love the sun, and were raised in a warm climate most of your life, and enjoy friendly people—then STAY AWAY FROM WASHINGTON STATE and the northern west part of the country.
    I move to Bellingham in 2011, from Texas, and have lived in other places in the U.S. and must say, ‘this is the worst place I have ever lived”. Even the Seattle Times published an article called the Seattle Freeze, and the people here are not warm and friendly, My 2 sons were raised in a military family, and also in the south, and say, “yes ma’am and no sir” when spoken to by adults, But people here feel that it is condescending for them to have manners like this, and tell the boys not to say this to them.
    Life in Bellingham is boring, and I must say, it sucks many years of your life away. If you are not in college, or retired, or don’t drink alcohol and party, then this area is also not for you. Isolated from anything, including major cities, and things to do, Bellingham in general is dark, wet, boring, and a black hole that sucks the life out of you. All I find are bars, breweries and all things that surround drinking alcoholic beverages. There is no dating here, especially for those of over 50 +, who are well kept, thin and love the arts, music, theater, the beach, swimming, and good food, which is over priced and tasteless, If you aren’t a vegan, or gluten free,or want good BBQ, or Asian, then this area also isn’t for you.

    Without a doubt, anywhere you go in Washington State, and not just Bellingham, there is an isolation mentality that seems to be the norm. When I look at people in the grocery stores, or on the street, their heads are low, their eyes down, and faces covered and never seem to smile, or say hello to those passing by them, And to me, this place seems to not allow those to get close to them, and is very closed and cliquish too.

    It’s like living in the “Twilight Zone” for me and my family, and cannot wait to leave this horrible place, and not look back as if I am living in Sodom and Gommorah, or else I will turn to a pillar of salt if I do. It is as if those who live in WA state, know of nothing else to compare anything else to, because if they did, they would positively see that there is so much more out there for them in so many more areas of their lives.

    Leaving soon and never looking back again.

    • Red Beard

      I have lived in Washington State for 80% of my life and you are absolutely correct, Deborah. People who like this sort of hipster environment think this place is gods gift to the world, but most of them have never been to the south or the midwest (most of them actually turn their nose up at those areas) to see what real friendliness is. If it weren’t for my family connections here I would have been gone long ago.

      • Deborah Dills

        I just left and escaped my horrible life in WA (Bellingham) and now live back in CA. From the moment I arrived, people here are friendly, smile, and welcoming to me and my two sons,

        You are absolutely right when you say that most have never been anywhere else but Washington State. I lived there for almost 4 years, and it is the saddest, loneliness, dark, rainy, and spirit sucking place I have ever lived in my 57 years on this earth.

        As a young child, I lived in Châteauroux, France, while my father was stationed in the U.S. Air Force there. Once in the States, I lived in Roanoke, VA, Alephi, MD, Edison, NJ. Hazelton, PA, and then Shrub Oak, NY in Westchester County. Also my parents sent me to live in Israel on a Kibbutz in the Negev during the Summer of 1974, In 1979, I joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI, and then on to Charleston, SC for my next tour of duty, Then Athens, GA,, & Virginia Beach, VA, Then on to Monterey, CA while my husband was attending Naval Post Grad school there, Then back to VA Beach,VA for his duty on board the U.S.S. Lapon, and Houston, TX, Sacramento, CA, Keller, TX and Fort Worth, TX and in 2011, my spouse then decided, based on a book and good ratings to move to Bellingham, WA.

        I feel so very lucky to have escaped that horrible place of Northwest WA, and if you ever can leave, do so, as you only live once.

        Thanks for your response to me

        • Red Beard

          Yeah. The other 20% of my life has been Portland, OR, various areas of Southern CA, Louisville, KY, Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC. I was a roadie for bands during my late teens and travelled all over the country. Western Washington is by far the least friendly place.

          • Deborah Dills

            Even the newspaper, The Seattle Times wrote a story about how people in WA state are cold, unfriendly, especially to outsiders called “The Seattle Freeze” in 2013. So this isn’t my imagination about life in WA, it is a well-known phenomenon, clear as day!

            Wikipedia definition:

            The Seattle Freeze refers to a belief that it is especially
            difficult to make new friends (particularly for immigrants from other
            cities) in the city of Seattle, Washington. According to KUOW radio, the term may have been coined in a 2005 Seattle Times article.[1]
            Newcomers to the area have described Seattleites as being standoffish, cold, distant, and not trusting

          • nancy4allkids

            The only nice place you mentioned was Washington State. I grew up in the armpit of the south and find it amusing that you prefer those areas. Good places for you.

    • nancy4allkids

      Ever look in the mirror?

      • Deborah Dills

        ???????? Have no idea what the dickens you mean???? Life in the Northwest, near Canada, is not for everyone. At almost 58 years old now, I know exactly who I am.

        As a young child, I lived in Châteauroux, France, while my father was stationed in the U.S. Air Force there. Once in the States, I lived in Roanoke, VA, Alephi, MD, Edison, NJ. Hazelton, PA, and then Shrub Oak,NY in Westchester County. Also my parents sent me to live in Israel on aKibbutz in the Negev during the Summer of 1974,

        In 1979, I joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI, and then on to Charleston, SC for my next tour of duty, Then Athens, GA,, & Virginia Beach, VA, Then on to Monterey, CA while my husband was attending Naval Post Grad school there, Then back to VA Beach,VA for his duty on board the U.S.S. Lapon, and Houston, TX, Sacramento, CA, Keller, TX and Fort Worth, TX and in 2011, my spouse then decided, based on a book and good ratings to move to Bellingham, WA.

        • nancy4allkids

          You just simply should look at yourself before criticizing Washington. I am just thankful those less than desirable places you lived in are separate from the good folk of Washington and negative Deborah folk. It sickens me to see how out-of-touch some are with regards to nicer places and nicer people.

    • KartofflMuter

      I lived in Portland,Or. for 3 years.The only friendly people I met were at Powell’s and in the antique shops. We moved to the Redmond area and it was every drop as wet as it said it would be. When we moved to California after 15 years we were very sad to leave.True,Oregon has a better coastline as does Cali. and the sun is far superior in Cali.And you can’t beat the second spring we enjoy in fall. But we are moving home. 19 year here and my only friend is my pot dealer. I’m used to cheery smiles at the grocery store.What happened to the world? Maybe it’s you Deborah. Maybe it’s Bellingham. Maybe you just don’t get the slug jokes. Duvall used books,here I come.Fred Meyer,I’ve missed you so much. Thenos- any flavor will do. I’m coming home.

  • Tony

    Washington is an incredible state with wonderful people, but there’s never room for negative Nancies or Deborah downers. We are glad you are leaving soon because Washington State will become even more terrific the instant you are gone. Good luck finding your Shangri la. Life is what you make of it, and I get the feeling that you could find the flaws in any diamond.

    • Courtney Stott

      Well look at Tony and his nasty, arrogant response. Obviously we do
      see what some of these people are like. No thanks lol

      • nancy4allkids

        Courtney, have you noticed how impolite and rude you are behaving. I guess you wouldn’t notice your own ugly behavior and commentary against others…

      • nancy4allkids

        Courtney, have you noticed how impolite and rude you are behaving. I guess you wouldn’t notice your own ugly behavior and commentary against others…

      • KarmaZ

        Did u read her nasty, arrogant comment that was PRIOR Courtney? Probably not…. and thanku because we dont want ppl knowing about a place that has islands, ocean,the sound, a rain forest, 3 huge gorgeous mountains/glaciers and a full desert on the other side…… please no….*SMH*

    • nancy4allkids

      Perfect Tony! I would hate to live in Texas for sure. Southern California is not great either, but Seattle and surrounding areas are perfect. Don’t like it? Stay where you are. No reasons to ruin a positive environment.

      • nancy4allkids

        Have you noticed how negative and rude you are being? Guess not…

      • nancy4allkids

        Have you noticed how negative and rude you are being? Guess not…

    • KartofflMuter

      I’m an immigrant. I really enjoyed my welcome to America by the citizens of Iowa.I was 5 and they called me a “dirty German” and hit me in the eye with a baseball bat. We moved to Wisconsin the moment we got our citizenship.Wisconsin was a reasonable state before Gov “Adolf “Walker.I met my husband there.I loved college.He became terrified the minute he met me and began applying to far distant schools.Fatal mistake.L.A. wasn’t friendly. We hated it.He was accepted for the Phd program back in Wisconsin but teaching positions were illusive so job hunting began. Madison was medium friendly.we settled into a great apt,had a baby,and he was laid off,moved to Pennsylvania-beautiful, met no one,he hated the company,moved to Portland. That was a lovely place.I was mostly indoors with baby. I went back to school.That was so fun,till we had to move to Redmond.But Bellingham? I never read it was a charming area or a great place to live or a nice cozy port. Next time your husband reads up on places to live,tell him you have veto power. I had a friend who lived Victoria,B.C. Her husband moved her from beautiful Victoria to some dinkey town where she was lonely.She died last year of cancer.

    • KarmaZ

      Agreed Tony-after that down-putting about our state, the fact that anyone can point at u is ridiculous. Good riddance, u obviously arent an outdoor person Deborah and offending ppl while u wallow is attractive? Buh-bye.

  • Tony

    Washington is an incredible state with wonderful people, but there’s never room for negative Nancies or Deborah downers. We are glad you are leaving soon because Washington State will become even more terrific the instant you are gone. Good luck finding your Shangri la. Life is what you make of it, and I get the feeling that you could find the flaws in any diamond.

  • Courtney Stott

    Well look at Tony and his nasty, arrogant response. Obviously we do
    see what some of these people are like. No thanks lol

    • nancy4allkids

      Courtney, have you noticed how impolite and rude you are behaving. I guess you wouldn’t notice your own ugly behavior and commentary against others…

    • KarmaZ

      Did u read her nasty, arrogant comment that was PRIOR Courtney? Probably not…. and thanku because we dont want ppl knowing about a place that has islands, ocean,the sound, a rain forest, 3 huge gorgeous mountains/glaciers and a full desert on the other side…… please no….*SMH*

  • Debrahlynn

    What can anyone tell me about Everett, the schools, and life in general. My middle schooler is an honor student & plays volleyball. Need an excellent school with college prep classes and advance classes.

  • Debrahlynn

    What can anyone tell me about Everett, the schools, and life in general. My middle schooler is an honor student & plays volleyball. Need an excellent school with college prep classes and advance classes.

  • Debrahlynn

    What can anyone tell me about Everett, the schools, and life in general. My middle schooler is an honor student & plays volleyball. Need an excellent school with college prep classes and advance classes.

  • Red Beard

    I have lived in Washington State for 80% of my life and you are absolutely correct, Deborah. People who like this sort of hipster environment think this place is gods gift to the world, but most of them have never been to the south or the midwest (most of them actually turn their nose up at those areas) to see what real friendliness is. If it weren’t for my family connections here I would have been gone long ago.

    • Deborah Dills

      I just left and escaped my horrible life in WA (Bellingham) and now live back in CA. From the moment I arrived, people here are friendly, smile, and welcoming to me and my two sons,

      You are absolutely right when you say that most have never been anywhere else but Washington State. I lived there for almost 4 years, and it is the saddest, loneliness, dark, rainy, and spirit sucking place I have ever lived in my 57 years on this earth.

      As a young child, I lived in Châteauroux, France, while my father was stationed in the U.S. Air Force there. Once in the States, I lived in Roanoke, VA, Alephi, MD, Edison, NJ. Hazelton, PA, and then Shrub Oak, NY in Westchester County. Also my parents sent me to live in Israel on a Kibbutz in the Negev during the Summer of 1974, In 1979, I joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI, and then on to Charleston, SC for my next tour of duty, Then Athens, GA,, & Virginia Beach, VA, Then on to Monterey, CA while my husband was attending Naval Post Grad school there, Then back to VA Beach,VA for his duty on board the U.S.S. Lapon, and Houston, TX, Sacramento, CA, Keller, TX and Fort Worth, TX and in 2011, my spouse then decided, based on a book and good ratings to move to Bellingham, WA.

      I feel so very lucky to have escaped that horrible place of Northwest WA, and if you ever can leave, do so, as you only live once.

      Thanks for your response to me

      • Red Beard

        Yeah. The other 20% of my life has been Portland, OR, various areas of Southern CA, Louisville, KY, Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC. I was a roadie for bands during my late teens and travelled all over the country. Western Washington is by far the least friendly place.

        • Deborah Dills

          Even the newspaper, The Seattle Times wrote a story about how people in WA state are cold, unfriendly, especially to outsiders called “The Seattle Freeze” in 2013. So this isn’t my imagination about life in WA, it is a well-known phenomenon, clear as day!

          Wikipedia definition:

          The Seattle Freeze refers to a belief that it is especially
          difficult to make new friends (particularly for immigrants from other
          cities) in the city of Seattle, Washington. According to KUOW radio, the term may have been coined in a 2005 Seattle Times article.[1]
          Newcomers to the area have described Seattleites as being standoffish, cold, distant, and not trusting

        • Deborah Dills

          Even the newspaper, The Seattle Times wrote a story about how people in WA state are cold, unfriendly, especially to outsiders called “The Seattle Freeze” in 2013. So this isn’t my imagination about life in WA, it is a well-known phenomenon, clear as day!

          Wikipedia definition:

          The Seattle Freeze refers to a belief that it is especially
          difficult to make new friends (particularly for immigrants from other
          cities) in the city of Seattle, Washington. According to KUOW radio, the term may have been coined in a 2005 Seattle Times article.[1]
          Newcomers to the area have described Seattleites as being standoffish, cold, distant, and not trusting

        • nancy4allkids

          The only nice place you mentioned was Washington State. I grew up in the armpit of the south and find it amusing that you prefer those areas. Good places for you.

        • nancy4allkids

          The only nice place you mentioned was Washington State. I grew up in the armpit of the south and find it amusing that you prefer those areas. Good places for you.

      • Red Beard

        Yeah. The other 20% of my life has been Portland, OR, various areas of Southern CA, Louisville, KY, Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC. I was a roadie for bands during my late teens and travelled all over the country. Western Washington is by far the least friendly place.

  • Red Beard

    I have lived in Washington State for 80% of my life and you are absolutely correct, Deborah. People who like this sort of hipster environment think this place is gods gift to the world, but most of them have never been to the south or the midwest (most of them actually turn their nose up at those areas) to see what real friendliness is. If it weren’t for my family connections here I would have been gone long ago.

  • nancy4allkids

    Perfect Tony! I would hate to live in Texas for sure. Southern California is not great either, nor the South, but Seattle and surrounding areas are perfect. Don’t like it? Stay where you are. No reasons to ruin a positive environment.

    • nancy4allkids

      Have you noticed how negative and rude you are being? Guess not…

  • nancy4allkids

    Ever look in the mirror?

    • Deborah Dills

      ???????? Have no idea what the dickens you mean???? Life in the Northwest, near Canada, is not for everyone. At almost 58 years old now, I know exactly who I am.

      As a young child, I lived in Châteauroux, France, while my father was stationed in the U.S. Air Force there. Once in the States, I lived in Roanoke, VA, Alephi, MD, Edison, NJ. Hazelton, PA, and then Shrub Oak,NY in Westchester County. Also my parents sent me to live in Israel on aKibbutz in the Negev during the Summer of 1974,

      In 1979, I joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI, and then on to Charleston, SC for my next tour of duty, Then Athens, GA,, & Virginia Beach, VA, Then on to Monterey, CA while my husband was attending Naval Post Grad school there, Then back to VA Beach,VA for his duty on board the U.S.S. Lapon, and Houston, TX, Sacramento, CA, Keller, TX and Fort Worth, TX and in 2011, my spouse then decided, based on a book and good ratings to move to Bellingham, WA.

      • nancy4allkids

        You just simply should look at yourself before criticizing Washington. I am just thankful those less than desirable places you lived in are separate from the good folk of Washington and negative Deborah folk. It sickens me to see how out-of-touch some are with regards to nicer places and nicer people.

      • nancy4allkids

        You just simply should look at yourself before criticizing Washington. I am just thankful those less than desirable places you lived in are separate from the good folk of Washington and negative Deborah folk. It sickens me to see how out-of-touch some are with regards to nicer places and nicer people.

  • nancy4allkids

    Ever look in the mirror?

  • Ivy Pine

    Just wondering something. Has anyone every lived in Tumwater? I have lived most of my life in Massachusetts. I like it here, except for the high taxes and the heroine abuse. Please tell me, is the atmosphere in Washington similar to the northeast? People here are labeled as not being very friendly or warm either. However, from living here it really depends. Some people here are very loving and friendly; others, not so much. It depends which town you are visiting. Of course you can tell when you are out and about which people seem approachable and which don’t. Is it this way in Washington too?

    • Jason Lee Miller

      I live in Tumwater. It’s a great little town and is growing rapidly. Low drug use. The people are pretty warm.

  • Ivy Pine

    Just wondering something. Has anyone every lived in Tumwater? I have lived most of my life in Massachusetts. I like it here, except for the high taxes and the heroine abuse. Please tell me, is the atmosphere in Washington similar to the northeast? People here are labeled as not being very friendly or warm either. However, from living here it really depends. Some people here are very loving and friendly; others, not so much. It depends which town you are visiting. Of course you can tell when you are out and about which people seem approachable and which don’t. Is it this way in Washington too?

  • Ivy Pine

    Just wondering something. Has anyone every lived in Tumwater? I have lived most of my life in Massachusetts. I like it here, except for the high taxes and the heroine abuse. Please tell me, is the atmosphere in Washington similar to the northeast? People here are labeled as not being very friendly or warm either. However, from living here it really depends. Some people here are very loving and friendly; others, not so much. It depends which town you are visiting. Of course you can tell when you are out and about which people seem approachable and which don’t. Is it this way in Washington too?

    • Jason Lee Miller

      I live in Tumwater. It’s a great little town and is growing rapidly. Low drug use. The people are pretty warm.

  • KartofflMuter

    I lived in Portland,Or. for 3 years.The only friendly people I met were at Powell’s and in the antique shops. We moved to the Redmond area and it was every drop as wet as it said it would be. When we moved to California after 15 years we were very sad to leave.True,Oregon has a better coastline as does Cali. and the sun is far superior in Cali.And you can’t beat the second spring we enjoy in fall. But we are moving home. 19 year here and my only friend is my pot dealer. I’m used to cheery smiles at the grocery store.What happened to the world? Maybe it’s you Deborah. Maybe it’s Bellingham. Maybe you just don’t get the slug jokes. Duvall used books,here I come.Fred Meyer,I’ve missed you so much. Thenos- any flavor will do. I’m coming home.

  • KartofflMuter

    I’m an immigrant. I really enjoyed my welcome to America by the citizens of Iowa.I was 5 and they called me a “dirty German” and hit me in the eye with a baseball bat. We moved to Wisconsin the moment we got our citizenship.Wisconsin was a reasonable state before Gov “Adolf “Walker.I met my husband there.I loved college.He became terrified the minute he met me and began applying to far distant schools.Fatal mistake.L.A. wasn’t friendly. We hated it.He was accepted for the Phd program back in Wisconsin but teaching positions were illusive so job hunting began. Madison was medium friendly.we settled into a great apt,had a baby,and he was laid off,moved to Pennsylvania-beautiful, met no one,he hated the company,moved to Portland. That was a lovely place.I was mostly indoors with baby. I went back to school.That was so fun,till we had to move to Redmond.But Bellingham? I never read it was a charming area or a great place to live or a nice cozy port. Next time your husband reads up on places to live,tell him you have veto power. I had a friend who lived Victoria,B.C. Her husband moved her from beautiful Victoria to some dinkey town where she was lonely.She died last year of cancer.

  • Louise D.

    My husband just got a job working for the VA in Mount Vernon. The pay is good and he has always wanted to work for the VA, so we are moving soon from the suburbs of Portland, OR. I am nervous because I know nothing about the area and we have to small children. We are looking to rent a house at first so we can familiarize ourselves with the area. Anybody have ideas or suggestions?

    • KarmaZ

      Oh u will love Mt Vernon-cute small town next to Burlington, we are moving up there next year and will seem familiar cuz like oregon country areas. U will learn to dislike tulip time cuz soooooo many crowds but only few weeks. Canadians also swamp area cuz of their $ being stronger right now but it’ll change. Visit/road trip up to see, water also very close. If u like country living but amenities close and are outdoor ppl- Mt Baker a stone throw…..u’ll never leave 😉

      • Louise D.

        Thank you for the encouragement and info KarmaZ! Right now we are in the middle of Oregon wine country, so we are liking country living with conveniently located stores close by. I’m sure that if it is anything like what we are accustomed to, we will like it. My biggest concern is that the weather will be more overcast or rainy than what I have now…

  • Louise D.

    My husband just got a job working for the VA in Mount Vernon. The pay is good and he has always wanted to work for the VA, so we are moving soon from the suburbs of Portland, OR. I am nervous because I know nothing about the area and we have to small children. We are looking to rent a house at first so we can familiarize ourselves with the area. Anybody have ideas or suggestions?

    • KarmaZ

      Oh u will love Mt Vernon-cute small town next to Burlington, we are moving up there next year and will seem familiar cuz like oregon country areas. U will learn to dislike tulip time cuz soooooo many crowds but only few weeks. Canadians also swamp area cuz of their $ being stronger right now but it’ll change. Visit/road trip up to see, water also very close. If u like country living but amenities close and are outdoor ppl- Mt Baker a stone throw…..u’ll never leave 😉

      • Louise D.

        Thank you for the encouragement and info KarmaZ! Right now we are in the middle of Oregon wine country, so we are liking country living with conveniently located stores close by. I’m sure that if it is anything like what we are accustomed to, we will like it. My biggest concern is that the weather will be more overcast or rainy than what I have now…