Most Americans have never been to Washington. However, as the people who live there know, Washington is an awesome state.
But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Washington has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Evergreen State. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.
After analyzing more than 161 of Washington’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Washington where you’d never want to live:
Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Washington has its stuff figured out.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.
How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?
In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Washington, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.
So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.
How we crunched the numbers
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (The lower the worse)
- Highest Unemployment Rates
- Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
- Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
- Education (Number of high school dropouts)
- High Crime
We looked at cities with populations between 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 161 to be exact.
Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.
Population: 219 Median Income: $15,313
Median Home Value: $75,000
2. Amanda Park
Population: 150 Median Income: $31,750
Median Home Value: $82,500
Population: 466 Median Income: $24,531
Median Home Value: $86,800
Population: 189 Median Income: $36,250
Median Home Value: $37,800
Population: 688 Median Income: $31,875
Median Home Value: $91,100
Population: 840 Median Income: $35,000
Median Home Value: $84,000
7. White Swan
Population: 633 Median Income: $44,659
Median Home Value: $82,000
Population: 197 Median Income: $41,250
Median Home Value: $118,200
Population: 473 Median Income: $29,479
Median Home Value: $89,800
Population: 180 Median Income: $31,250
Median Home Value: $72,500
There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In Washington
If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Evergreen State with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Washington, according to science.
- Best: Beaux Arts Village
- 2nd Best: Raft Island
- 3rd Best: Keyport
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