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COMPARE CITIES FOR Washington


Your comparison of city quality of life facts and figures for top Washington retirement cities is provided below. Use the drop down box to make another state comparison.





Washington Cities
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City Type
City Type West Coast, Mountains, National Parks Lakes & Rivers, Mountains, College Town, State Capital Mountains, Lakes & Rivers West Coast, Mountains, National Parks Lakes & Rivers, Mountains, Wine Country na
Population (2010)
Population (Current) 80,885 46,478 161,791 9,113 31,925 71,497
Population (1990) 52,179 33,840 46,380 7,001 21,756 48,635
Land Area (sq mi) 27 18 46 7 8 36
Persons Per Square Mile 2,996 2,582 3,517 1,302 3,991 1,979
Home Prices
2014 $306,824 $254,312 $250,862 $278,124 $242,590 $354,000
Total Appreciation ('01 to '14) 96.8% 61.0% 40.0% -13.3% 54.4% 43.0%
Annual Appreciation ('13 to '14) 2.1% 3.8% 9.1% 3.7% -2.2% 11.0%
Avg Annual Appreciation ('01 to '14) 5.4% 3.7% 2.6% -1.6% 4.4% 3.0%
Big City Prices ('14) $357,000 $357,000 $286,000 $357,000 $159,000 $251,000
Bargain Index 69% 57% 71% 63% 123% 137%
Big City Seattle Seattle Portland Seattle Yakima na
Monthly Rent $1,372 $1,486 $1,391 $1,130 $959 $1,363
Price/Rent Index 15.0 11.5 12.1 16.5 17.0 17.0
Cost of Living (2014)
Cost of Living 109% 99% 98% 104% 97% 118%
Air Quality - Annual Avg (2001-2013)
Good/Moderate Days 100% 99% 99% 100% 99% 98%
Unhealthy for Sensitive Persons Days 0% 1% 1% 0% 0% 2%
Unhealthy/Very Unhealthy Days 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Water Quality (2002-2010)
Good na na 37% na na 37%
Threatened na na 0% na na 2%
Impaired na na 63% na na 60%
Nearest Large City
Distance to Nearest City 51 miles 60 miles 9 miles 55 miles 148 miles 80 miles
City Vancouver, Canada Seattle Portland Seattle Seattle na
Recreation
National Parks 7 5 2 7 4 7
National Campgrounds 30 29 52 41 59 26
State Parks 7 9 25 18 9 11
Medical Care (2009)
Accredited Hospitals 1 3 13 1 2 4
Building Permits (single family homes)
2013 144 142 272 34 41 295
2012 106 107 315 24 57 285
Gain ('12 to '13) 36% 33% -14% 42% -28% 3%
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Population Distribution (2010)
Median Age (yrs) 31 38 36 53 35 37
White 84.9% 83.7% 80.9% 92.4% 76.7% 80.7%
Black or African American 1.3% 2.0% 2.9% 0.5% 0.4% 7.2%
Native American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3% 1.1% 1.0% 1.1% 1.2% 0.8%
Asian 5.1% 6.0% 5.0% 1.7% 1.1% 3.6%
Native Hawaiian 0.3% 0.4% 1.0% 0.3% 0.2% 0.2%
Other Race 2.8% 1.8% 4.3% 0.8% 17.3% 4.4%
Multiple Races 4.3% 5.0% 4.8% 3.1% 3.1% 3.0%
Hispanic or Latino 7.0% 6.3% 10.4% 3.3% 29.4% 11.6%
Income and Housing (2010)
Family Income $58,149 $71,029 $56,658 $63,765 $54,976 $69,596
Occupied Housing 94% 94% 94% 88% 94% 83%
Vacant Housing 6% 6% 6% 12% 6% 17%
Home Ownership 46% 50% 51% 62% 55% 55%
Persons Per Family 2.80 2.80 3.00 2.60 3.20 2.90
Taxes (2013)
Local and State 8.9% 8.9% 8.9% 8.9% 8.9% 6.8%
Local, State and Federal 110 days 110 days 110 days 110 days 110 days 105 days
Climate - Average Temperatures (1971-2000)
Climate Type Temperate & Humid Temperate & Humid Temperate & Humid Temperate & Dry Cool & Dry Temperate & Humid
January Low Temp 35 F 32 F 32 F 38 F 23 F 27 F
July High Temp 73 F 76 F 77 F 70 F 88 F 86 F
Annual Precipitation 35 in 51 in 42 in 19 in 9 in 35 in
Elevation 15 ft 206 ft 210 ft 100 ft 640 ft 1,652 ft
Natural Hazard Risk
Total Hazard Risk Higher Higher Higher Higher Higher Moderate
Earthquake 30% 50% 15% 45% 10% 10.9%
Tsunami No Risk No Risk Risk Risk No Risk No Risk
Hurricane 0 0 0 0 0 10
Flood Very High Very High Very High Very High Low Very High
Tornado Very Low Very Low Very Low Very Low Very Low Low
Volcano High Ash Fall High Ash Fall High Volcanic Low Ash Fall High Ash Fall No Risk
Wildfire Low Low Low Low High Low
Man-Made Hazard Risk (Nuclear)
Nearby Reactors 0 0 0 0 1 2
Crimes per 10,000 Population - Annual Avg (2001-2012)
Violent Crimes 25 30 40 19 34 38
Property Crimes 629 523 446 408 540 398
Home Energy Use - Annual Avg (1971-2000)
Heating Degree Days 4,980 5,531 4,990 5,124 5,533 4,662
Cooling Degree Days 68 97 197 40 832 1,253
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