These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In Washington


We used science and data to determine which places in Washington are the unhappiest of all.

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Do you live in one of the most miserable places in Washington?

According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in Washington – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.

But, we were curious – which Washington cities might be the most miserable? We’re about to find out, using science and data.

After analyzing the largest cities, we sadly present the most miserable cities in the Evergreen State:

  1. Moses Lake North
  2. White Center
  3. Seatac (Photos)
  4. Newport (Photos)
  5. Parkland
  6. Tukwila (Photos)
  7. Hoquiam (Photos)
  8. Bremerton (Photos)
  9. Shelton (Photos)
  10. Kelso

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably don’t live in one of these cities.

Oh, and by the way, Medina is the happiest place in Washington.

Or check out the Most Miserable Cities In America.

If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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How We Measured The Most Miserable Cities In Washington

In order to rank the unhappiest places in Washington, we had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, and have a stable home life.

So we went to the Census’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 report for the criteria, flipped the list, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Percentage of residents with a college degree
  • Average commute times
  • Unemployment rates
  • Cost of living
  • % of married couples
  • % of home owners
  • Poverty rate

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 108 places in Washington with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 205 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the most miserable (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Miserable Index for each place with the lowest overall Miserable Index ‘earning’ the title ‘Most Miserable City In Washington’.

If you’d like to see the complete list of states, most miserable to happiest, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the unabridged chart.

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1. Moses Lake North


Population: 4,583
People Who Own Their Home: 26.08%
Married Adults: 32.19%

2. White Center


Population: 14,228
People Who Own Their Home: 41.09%
Married Adults: 41.12%

3. Seatac

Seatac, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,606
People Who Own Their Home: 48.99%
Married Adults: 41.94%

4. Newport

Newport, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,230
People Who Own Their Home: 49.38%
Married Adults: 41.36%

5. Parkland


Population: 36,263
People Who Own Their Home: 42.0%
Married Adults: 41.43%

6. Tukwila

Tukwila, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,573
People Who Own Their Home: 36.59%
Married Adults: 42.51%

7. Hoquiam

Hoquiam, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,560
People Who Own Their Home: 53.03%
Married Adults: 39.49%

8. Bremerton

Bremerton, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,664
People Who Own Their Home: 36.95%
Married Adults: 36.52%

9. Shelton

Shelton, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,798
People Who Own Their Home: 51.13%
Married Adults: 36.84%

10. Kelso

Kelso, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,837
People Who Own Their Home: 44.52%
Married Adults: 37.38%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in {state} is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are not stable, where you’re stuck in traffic, and no one spent the time to go to college, then this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in {state}, according to science:
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In Washington

City Rank People Who Own Their Home
Moses Lake North 1 26.08%
White Center 2 41.09%
Seatac 3 48.99%
Newport 4 49.38%
Parkland 5 42.0%
Tukwila 6 36.59%
Hoquiam 7 53.03%
Bremerton 8 36.95%
Shelton 9 51.13%
Kelso 10 44.52%
Everett 11 41.99%
Midland 12 50.1%
Airway Heights 13 42.78%
Cheney 14 28.41%
Woodland 15 55.56%
Tacoma 16 46.55%
Deer Park 17 61.01%
Lakewood 18 40.91%
Clarkston 19 46.14%
Centralia 20 43.83%
Toppenish 21 50.18%
Grandview 22 59.06%
Aberdeen 23 45.82%
Kent 24 50.11%
Sedro-Woolley 25 50.03%
Ellensburg 26 27.81%
Chehalis 27 38.99%
Summit View 28 51.41%
Vancouver 29 47.45%
Union Gap 30 54.33%
Sequim 31 48.52%
Fife 32 37.33%
Yakima 33 50.22%
Burlington 34 48.6%
Pacific 35 50.21%
Lynnwood 36 48.63%
Burien 37 49.17%
Puyallup 38 47.18%
Federal Way 39 51.13%
Sumner 40 45.66%
Bryn Mawr-Skyway 41 52.93%
Sunnyside 42 52.34%
Auburn 43 55.97%
Bellingham 44 42.68%
Mount Vernon 45 50.22%
Tanglewilde 46 52.94%
Longview 47 50.59%
Country Homes 48 49.92%
Port Angeles 49 49.34%
Des Moines 50 53.44%
Port Orchard 51 49.24%
Algona 52 72.04%
Pullman 53 25.16%
Castle Rock 54 56.66%
Ocean Shores 55 42.88%
Quincy 56 58.4%
Spokane 57 51.4%
Renton 58 50.29%
Monroe 59 60.3%
Leavenworth 60 45.06%
Yelm 61 50.13%
Lake Stickney 62 52.95%
Olympia 63 45.38%
Hazel Dell 64 51.59%
North Lynnwood 65 43.27%
Enumclaw 66 58.52%
Walla Walla 67 51.71%
Snohomish 68 49.67%
Seattle 69 43.16%
Martha Lake 70 57.38%
Moses Lake 71 49.34%
Elk Plain 72 68.93%
Spanaway 73 63.13%
Washougal 74 65.45%
Arlington 75 60.42%
West Clarkston-Highland 76 62.44%
College Place 77 46.34%
Gig Harbor 78 49.88%
Othello 79 60.53%
Five Corners 80 66.36%
University Place 81 53.01%
Granger 82 54.94%
Orting 83 73.78%
Parkwood 84 56.19%
Pasco 85 63.43%
East Wenatchee 86 58.87%
Clover Creek 87 63.64%
Marysville 88 65.53%
Salmon Creek 89 68.25%
Wenatchee 90 51.48%
Spokane Valley 91 58.55%
Lacey 92 50.2%
Shoreline 93 61.56%
Mountlake Terrace 94 57.99%
Kennewick 95 57.56%
Silverdale 96 48.89%
Frederickson 97 67.58%
Bethel 98 77.73%
Bridgeport 99 50.86%
Battle Ground 100 62.47%
Orchards 101 63.09%
Birch Bay 102 56.79%
Lakeland North 103 74.03%
South Hill 104 67.94%
Prairie Ridge 105 78.93%
Stanwood 106 51.64%
Port Townsend 107 55.5%
Dayton 108 67.63%
Oak Harbor 109 39.47%
Arlington Heights 110 84.28%
Indianola 111 67.01%
Lake Stevens 112 67.16%
West Side Highway 113 72.47%
Ferndale 114 59.9%
Manchester 115 68.83%
Walnut Grove 116 58.81%
Milton 117 56.73%
East Port Orchard 118 55.79%
Selah 119 53.56%
Carson 120 65.39%
Tracyton 121 72.06%
Rochester 122 72.35%
Bonney Lake 123 76.77%
Woods Creek 124 77.91%
Ephrata 125 55.15%
Tumwater 126 51.19%
Kenmore 127 67.85%
Steilacoom 128 54.24%
Poulsbo 129 60.73%
Bothell 130 63.74%
Picnic Point 131 70.33%
Edmonds 132 64.09%
Bellevue 133 52.35%
Bangor Base 134 0.0%
Kingston 135 61.36%
Vashon 136 66.33%
Duvall 137 82.47%
Ridgefield 138 71.36%
Alderwood Manor 139 68.34%
Rosedale 140 74.23%
Mead 141 80.75%
Anacortes 142 59.91%
Finley 143 81.11%
Otis Orchards-East Farms 144 84.14%
Woodinville 145 55.28%
Summit 146 77.8%
North Bend 147 58.08%
Covington 148 74.37%
Waller 149 75.17%
Burbank 150 85.75%
Lakeland South 151 78.94%
Kirkland 152 59.82%
Blaine 153 54.49%
Sudden Valley 154 59.86%
Fort Lewis 155 0.68%
Redmond 156 47.88%
Edgewood 157 78.21%
Fircrest 158 60.87%
Lake Forest Park 159 76.12%
Town And Country 160 69.46%
Bainbridge Island 161 69.6%
Graham 162 79.11%
Three Lakes 163 85.93%
Maple Valley 164 78.78%
Mill Creek 165 58.23%
Lake Tapps 166 81.0%
Mukilteo 167 62.0%
Richland 168 61.95%
Eastmont 169 80.12%
Bothell West 170 79.29%
Brier 171 84.95%
Bothell East 172 64.49%
Minnehaha 173 73.11%
Mill Creek East 174 84.23%
Hobart 175 89.51%
Maplewood 176 74.74%
Issaquah 177 56.13%
Liberty Lake 178 54.48%
Terrace Heights 179 77.11%
Mount Vista 180 66.31%
Lynden 181 64.8%
Lake Morton-Berrydale 182 85.31%
Normandy Park 183 69.06%
Camas 184 72.7%
West Richland 185 82.22%
Barberton 186 80.17%
East Renton Highlands 187 86.1%
Wollochet 188 69.57%
Newcastle 189 69.22%
Silver Firs 190 85.55%
Snoqualmie 191 75.35%
Artondale 192 75.31%
Maltby 193 86.46%
Dupont 194 53.07%
Geneva 195 84.7%
Chico 196 84.88%
Klahanie 197 75.97%
Union Hill-Novelty Hill 198 79.11%
Lake Shore 199 85.41%
Felida 200 84.89%
Sammamish 201 84.71%
Cottage Lake 202 89.34%
Mercer Island 203 68.96%
Clarkston Heights-Vineland 204 85.61%
Medina 205 78.25%

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