Where's Mukilteo?

Best places to live 2009: Washington wins the West Coast

Money Magazine (CNN) just announced yet another “Best Places to Live” list. It seems like they come out every other month. I don’t have much to say here really… how often do we need to learn that small, obscure, rural, midwest towns are the best places to walk in the park? As always I quickly […]

07.13.2009 | View Comments
Photo: Rob Howard

Photo: Rob Howard

Money Magazine (CNN) just announced yet another “Best Places to Live” list. It seems like they come out every other month.

I don’t have much to say here really… how often do we need to learn that small, obscure, rural, midwest towns are the best places to walk in the park?

As always I quickly scan these things to find west coast towns. You know, west coast vs. east coast. But middle America dominates. Like winner, Louisville, CO. Of course. But maybe could have guessed.

Washington state takes the crown for best Pacific coast state with three cities (Mukilteo, Sammamish, Newcastle) in the top 25, none of which I’ve heard before, maybe because I’m a big city guy.

One innovation on this list is the inclusion of good old Google Maps, with a dynamic list of all the winners so you can virtually tour these wonderful places with your mouse: Best Places to Live Google Map.

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  • Linda K

    The three towns listed for Washington are all suburbs of Seattle. Most people who live in those &quot;burbs&quot; work in either Seattle, Bellevue or Everett. And yes, Mukilteo is a very pretty little town on Puget Sound, with it's own lighthouse, and ferry terminal. <br />
    <br />
    I live in Kenmore, WA, which is at the north end of Lake Washington (also a suburb of Seattle). Kenmore was just named one of the top ten best towns for families by Family Circle magazine. <br />
    <br />
    The Seattle area has lots going for it and why, even though we plan to spend 1/2 our year in Loreto, the other half will be spent in the NW.

  • Linda K

    The three towns listed for Washington are all suburbs of Seattle. Most people who live in those &quot;burbs&quot; work in either Seattle, Bellevue or Everett. And yes, Mukilteo is a very pretty little town on Puget Sound, with it's own lighthouse, and ferry terminal. <br />
    <br />
    I live in Kenmore, WA, which is at the north end of Lake Washington (also a suburb of Seattle). Kenmore was just named one of the top ten best towns for families by Family Circle magazine. <br />
    <br />
    The Seattle area has lots going for it and why, even though we plan to spend 1/2 our year in Loreto, the other half will be spent in the NW.

  • Linda K

    The three towns listed for Washington are all suburbs of Seattle. Most people who live in those &quot;burbs&quot; work in either Seattle, Bellevue or Everett. And yes, Mukilteo is a very pretty little town on Puget Sound, with it's own lighthouse, and ferry terminal. <br />
    <br />
    I live in Kenmore, WA, which is at the north end of Lake Washington (also a suburb of Seattle). Kenmore was just named one of the top ten best towns for families by Family Circle magazine. <br />
    <br />
    The Seattle area has lots going for it and why, even though we plan to spend 1/2 our year in Loreto, the other half will be spent in the NW.

  • Linda K

    The three towns listed for Washington are all suburbs of Seattle. Most people who live in those “burbs” work in either Seattle, Bellevue or Everett. And yes, Mukilteo is a very pretty little town on Puget Sound, with it’s own lighthouse, and ferry terminal.

    I live in Kenmore, WA, which is at the north end of Lake Washington (also a suburb of Seattle). Kenmore was just named one of the top ten best towns for families by Family Circle magazine.

    The Seattle area has lots going for it and why, even though we plan to spend 1/2 our year in Loreto, the other half will be spent in the NW.

  • Linda K

    The three towns listed for Washington are all suburbs of Seattle. Most people who live in those “burbs” work in either Seattle, Bellevue or Everett. And yes, Mukilteo is a very pretty little town on Puget Sound, with it’s own lighthouse, and ferry terminal.

    I live in Kenmore, WA, which is at the north end of Lake Washington (also a suburb of Seattle). Kenmore was just named one of the top ten best towns for families by Family Circle magazine.

    The Seattle area has lots going for it and why, even though we plan to spend 1/2 our year in Loreto, the other half will be spent in the NW.

  • Linda K

    The three towns listed for Washington are all suburbs of Seattle. Most people who live in those “burbs” work in either Seattle, Bellevue or Everett. And yes, Mukilteo is a very pretty little town on Puget Sound, with it’s own lighthouse, and ferry terminal.

    I live in Kenmore, WA, which is at the north end of Lake Washington (also a suburb of Seattle). Kenmore was just named one of the top ten best towns for families by Family Circle magazine.

    The Seattle area has lots going for it and why, even though we plan to spend 1/2 our year in Loreto, the other half will be spent in the NW.

  • Linda K

    The three towns listed for Washington are all suburbs of Seattle. Most people who live in those “burbs” work in either Seattle, Bellevue or Everett. And yes, Mukilteo is a very pretty little town on Puget Sound, with it’s own lighthouse, and ferry terminal.

    I live in Kenmore, WA, which is at the north end of Lake Washington (also a suburb of Seattle). Kenmore was just named one of the top ten best towns for families by Family Circle magazine.

    The Seattle area has lots going for it and why, even though we plan to spend 1/2 our year in Loreto, the other half will be spent in the NW.

  • Linda K

    The three towns listed for Washington are all suburbs of Seattle. Most people who live in those “burbs” work in either Seattle, Bellevue or Everett. And yes, Mukilteo is a very pretty little town on Puget Sound, with it’s own lighthouse, and ferry terminal.

    I live in Kenmore, WA, which is at the north end of Lake Washington (also a suburb of Seattle). Kenmore was just named one of the top ten best towns for families by Family Circle magazine.

    The Seattle area has lots going for it and why, even though we plan to spend 1/2 our year in Loreto, the other half will be spent in the NW.

  • Linda K

    The three towns listed for Washington are all suburbs of Seattle. Most people who live in those “burbs” work in either Seattle, Bellevue or Everett. And yes, Mukilteo is a very pretty little town on Puget Sound, with it’s own lighthouse, and ferry terminal.

    I live in Kenmore, WA, which is at the north end of Lake Washington (also a suburb of Seattle). Kenmore was just named one of the top ten best towns for families by Family Circle magazine.

    The Seattle area has lots going for it and why, even though we plan to spend 1/2 our year in Loreto, the other half will be spent in the NW.