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 166 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:
So what is the worst small town to call home in Washington for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Peaceful Valley is the worst small town to live in Washington.
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 determined the worst small towns to live in Washington for 2019
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census’s 2013-2017 American Community Survey, 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 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 166 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.
This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $144,800 (31st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 20.9% (1st worst)
More on Peaceful Valley: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $104,800 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.5% (46th worst)
More on Moses Lake North: Data
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $107,400 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.1% (20th worst)
More on Buena: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $125,400 (21st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.2% (34th worst)
More on Oroville: Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $107,500 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (54th worst)
More on South Bend: Data
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $99,200 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (108th worst)
More on Royal City: Data
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:
- Clyde Hill (Pop. 3,231)
- Medina (Pop. 3,217)
- Yarrow Point (Pop. 1,184)
For more Washington reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Washington
- 10 Safest Places In Washington
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In Washington
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Washington
Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Washington
|2||Moses Lake North||3,787|
|23||Port Angeles East||3,627|
|58||Navy Yard City||3,154|