Worst Small Towns In Washington For 2020


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in WA are the pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the worst small places to live in Washington.

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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 170 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:

These are the worst small towns in Washington for 2020:

  1. Neah Bay
  2. Peaceful Valley
  3. Warden (Photos)
  4. Oroville
  5. Mabton (Photos)
  6. Moses Lake North
  7. Forks (Photos)
  8. Darrington
  9. Granger (Photos)
  10. South Bend

So what is the worst small town to call home in washington for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Neah Bay 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.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Washington or the worst places to live in Washington.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

The 10 Worst Small Towns In Washington For 2020

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5
/10

Population: 1,968
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $126,300 (19th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (48th worst)
More on Oroville:  Data

Mabton, WA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 2,156
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $96,000 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.2% (13th worst)
More on Mabton:  Data | Photos

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5
/10

Population: 4,124
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 6)
Median Home Value: $112,600 (14th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (96th worst)
More on Moses Lake North:  Data

Forks, WA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 3,782
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $144,400 (26th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.1% (63rd worst)
More on Forks:  Data | Photos