Richland makes ranking of top 10 cities in Washington

December 6, 2013 

— The Movoto real estate research blog has named Richland one of the top cities in Washington.

The rankings are based on factors from commute time to cost of living to crime rates, education and home values. Movoto singled out Richland for its average commute time of 20 minutes and lower than average cost of living.

“Richland also scored well with a crime rate 3 percent below the state’s average, and a pretty solid median household income of over $65,500, to boot,” according to the Movoto blog post.

Richland ranked No. 10. The city, home to more than 51,000 residents, is the only one from eastern Washington to make the list.

Issaquah took the top spot, followed by Bellevue and Kirkland. Olympia, the state’s capital, tied for fourth place with Mercer Island.

Seattle ranked No. 9.

Gary Ballew, Richland’s economic development manager, noted that Richland and the Tri-Cities “continue to receive national and regional recognition for being a great place to live, work and play.”

The rankings raise the profile of the area, helping in economic development efforts, he told the Herald in a statement.

“They give us a head start when we meet with companies thinking about expanding and help when companies who choose to relocate need to bring in some of their existing staff,” he said in the statement.

He added that the Motovo ranking is “no surprise but well received nonetheless.”

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