Sammamish is Only Washington City Ranked as Money Magazine "Best Places To Live"

Posted by Cary W Porter on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 at 11:22am


AT A GLANCE

                                                                                          
Population 50,248
Median Home Price      $802,275
Property Tax $7,179
Unemployment rate 4.3%
Commute time 28 minutes

Until recently, Sammamish was probably best described as an enclave of leafy neighborhoods rather than a city in its own right. Located about 20 miles from Seattle, the city sits on the east side of the seven-mile-long Lake Sammamish and wasn’t incorporated until 1999.

While Sammamish still lacks a proper “Main Street,” it ranks high because of its superb schools, proximity to major employers, and gobs of green space. The city is also making steady progress in creating a true sense of place. Sammamish Commons, which hosts farmer’s markets, outdoor concerts, and Shakespeare theater, is a community hub. From here, residents can walk to the library, city hall, and brand new, 60,000-square-foot aquatic and community center that hosts youth camps, community events, and fitness classes for people of all ages.

Several new residential-meets-retail developments are in the works, promising to bring more restaurants and shops to the community. For now, most residents head to Redmond, just to the north, or Issaquah, just to the south. This is also true for work: There are no major private employers in Sammamish, but the campuses of Costco, Microsoft and Swedish Medical are only a short commute.

Home prices throughout the Seattle area have appreciated at a breakneck pace in recent years, and Sammamish has seen its share of gains. Even so, prices are still affordable, relatively speaking, with nice three-bedrooms starting around $500,000.

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Crime

Knowing more about crime activity in Sammamish can help keep you aware of crime in the area. Crime activity is most helpful when comparing two locations to understand the relative safety of each location.

According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI crime statistics, Sammamish is safer than 83% of the cities and towns in the US of all population sizes. In Washington, only on the order of 4% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Sammamish. If you live in Sammamish, your chance of becoming a victim of crime in the community is 1 in 130. The US average across communities from the largest to the smallest is 1 in 34. It is for these reasons that Sammamish is ranked as one of the top 100 safest cities in the U.S.A.

Most frequent crimes in the past year listed above:

Sammamish Information and Demographics

If knowledge is power, Sammamish is a pretty powerful place. 71.67% of the adults in Sammamish have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The median household income in Sammamish is $143,241, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This actually rankest Sammamish as one of the wealthiest in the United States and the world abroad.

Demographics

Get to know your neighbors in Sammamish by reviewing our census driven map. Get insights into median age, how many people are married, and percentage of people with a college degree.

Sammamish is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Sammamish home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Sammamish residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Sammamish include German, English, Irish, European, Italian and Norwegian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Sammamish's cultural character, accounting for 24.42% of the city’s population.

The languages spoken by people in Sammamish are also diverse. These are tabulated as the languages people preferentially speak when they are at home with their families. The most common language spoken in Sammamish is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese, Other Asian languages, Hindi and Spanish.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Washington

To identify the 40 safest cities in Washington, we started by ruling out cities with fewer than 3,000 residents in 2013, as well as those that did not submit a complete crime report to the FBI. From there, we analyzed the most recent FBI Crime Report Statistics from 2013 for each city, including both violent crime (robbery, murder, aggravated assault, rape) and property crime (arson, burglary, motor vehicle theft, larceny-theft). Then, to level the playing field, we calculated the chance of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

As previously noted, several of these cities were acknowledged for their outstanding safety records on last year’s report as well, so don’t forget to compare how your city did year over year. Here are the 2015 safest cities in Washington.

1. Sammamish

Sammamish moved up from number two last year to become the safest city in Washington on this year’s report. Overall reports of violent and property crime went from 359 in 2012, to 286 in 2013, including five fewer counts of violent crime and 20 fewer reported burglaries.

Community involvement is one way Sammamish residents help keep their city safe for all. From Coffee with a Cop activities to preserving the pristine beauty of local trails and woods as part of the Washington Trails Association, there are plenty of ways to get involved and make a difference. Clearly, the community spirit and willingness to pitch in are part of what make Sammamish such a safe, desirable place to call home.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.22
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.52

Sammamish is the safest city in Washington 2015

Schools:

Great Schools score: 8 

Sammamish is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Sammamish’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

Sammamish's Own Eastside Catholic (WA) is #1 Medium School in America!

While it’s usually the big schools that get all of the notice in the various ranking services, High School Football America believes that there’s great level being played at all levels of the game.  That’s why, beginning this year, we’re adding a Medium Schools and Small Schools Top 25 to our National Top 25.  All of our polls are created with our proprietary algorithm.

This year, the #1 Medium School is Eastside Catholic from Sammamish, Washington.  The Crusaders also finished #23 in our national poll.

With an official motto of "Building Community Together," the city of Sammamish in King County, Washington, is as friendly as it gets. The unemployment rate is a low 5%, the median household income is $143,919, and, according to Forbes, the city's crime rate is approximately 90% lower than the national average. 


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