Cities on the Rise in Washington- Full Ranking

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Rank City 2009-2012 Working-Age Population Growth 2009-2012 Employment Growth 2009-2012 Median Income Growth Overall Growth Score
1 **Marysville 82.2% 3.1% (6.4%) 71.0
2 Richland 9.9% (0.3%) 14.3% 54.1
3 Bellingham 3.2% (3.9%) 25.0% 53.3
4 Moses Lake 10.4% (2.7%) 15.7% 50.7
5 Bremerton 12.6% 4.6% (3.2%) 50.5
6 Pullman 12.5% 4.8% (5.1%) 49.1
7 Mountlake Terrace 0.4% 0.1% 11.2% 48.8
8 Issaquah 35.0% (0.4%) (3.4%) 48.7
9 Redmond 10.4% 0.1% 5.0% 47.5
10 Renton 52.7% (3.1%) (6.7%) 47.5
11 Sammamish 14.7% (1.8%) 6.1% 46.1
12 Pasco 15.6% (4.3%) 9.9% 44.7
13 Parkland 40.4% (2.6%) (5.8%) 44.6
14 University Place 3.9% (2.1%) 8.6% 43.6
15 Oak Harbor (1.6%) 2.5% (2.2%) 41.8
16 Spokane 4.5% (0.6%) 1.2% 40.7
17 Kennewick 15.0% (3.2%) 2.0% 40.3
18 Lakewood 5.5% (0.3%) (2.1%) 38.9
19 Everett 7.0% 1.0% (7.6%) 37.7
20 SeaTac 7.8% (2.1%) (1.2%) 37.0
21 Bellevue 1.5% (2.5%) 2.2% 36.7
22 Cottage Lake 3.7% (1.6%) (1.3%) 36.4
23 Seattle 2.4% 0.0% (5.0%) 36.1
24 Tacoma 1.4% (0.3%) (4.1%) 35.8
25 Wenatchee 5.1% 3.1% (15.3%) 34.8
26 Kent 43.2% (8.1%) (7.2%) 33.7
27 Yakima 11.4% (0.6%) (10.8%) 33.4
28 Lacey 5.7% (5.6%) 3.7% 33.3
29 Auburn 18.2% (2.8%) (9.4%) 32.8
30 Des Moines 0.9% 1.3% (11.7%) 32.5
31 Walla Walla 4.8% (1.5%) (7.0%) 32.5
32 Puyallup 3.7% (2.0%) (5.9%) 31.8
33 Kirkland 2.2% (3.8%) (1.2%) 31.5
34 Bothell 8.6% (2.7%) (7.0%) 31.5
35 Mercer Island (3.6%) (2.3%) (2.5%) 31.2
36 Bainbridge Island 6.4% (3.0%) (5.6%) 31.1
37 Burien 48.9% (7.0%) (15.7%) 31.0
38 Federal Way 8.6% (3.6%) (5.4%) 30.9
39 Kenmore (2.9%) (7.4%) 7.6% 29.9
40 Mount Vernon 3.0% (2.1%) (8.0%) 29.7
41 Orchards (4.2%) (2.4%) (5.4%) 28.5
42 Spanaway 0.9% (7.2%) 3.8% 28.5
43 Vancouver 1.2% (2.6%) (7.8%) 28.2
44 Mukilteo 1.7% (2.2%) (9.2%) 28.0
45 Salmon Creek 4.7% (5.6%) (3.1%) 27.6
46 Olympia 4.2% (2.6%) (9.9%) 27.5
47 Spokane Valley 4.6% (4.3%) (7.0%) 26.7
48 South Hill 14.8% (7.3%) (5.9%) 25.7
49 Inglewood-Finn Hill (6.6%) (1.5%) (11.0%) 24.8
50 Lynnwood 9.4% (5.2%) (12.8%) 22.1
51 Shoreline 3.8% (6.5%) (7.4%) 21.8
52 Edmonds 0.9% (10.6%) (2.8%) 16.4
53 Longview 3.2% (12.2%) (11.3%) 7.2

**Marysville was excluded from the top 10 ranking due to inconsistent municipal boundaries between 2009 and 2012.

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Methodology

The overall score for each city was derived from these measures:

1. Population growth from 2009 to 2012 made up 33.3% of the total score. Data for the working-age population (16+) comes from the 2009 and 2012 U.S. Census American Community Survey 3-year estimates for all places in the state, Table CP 03.

2. Employment growth from 2009 to 2012 made up 33.3% of the total score. Data for the percent of employed residents comes from the 2009 and 2012 U.S. Census American Community Survey 3-year estimates for all places in the state, Table CP 03.

3. Income growth from 2009 to 2012 made up 33.3% of the total score. Data for the median earnings for workers comes from the 2009 and 2012 U.S. Census American Community Survey 3-year estimates for all places in the state, Table CP03. Earnings include full, part time and seasonal workers.

We evaluated the 53 cities, towns and census-designated places (CDPs) in Washington with more than 20,000 residents for this study.

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