A small town in Washington is the best in the United States: WalletHub

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In this Google Maps photo from August 2016, Sammamish Lake State Park is shown. A recent WalletHub study ranked Sammamish as the best small town in the country.

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Washington is home to the top-ranked small city in the country, according to a new report.

Sammamish grabbed the # 1 spot on Wallethub’s Best Small Towns list. The rankings were based on five categories: affordability, economic health, education and health, quality of life and safety, according to results released Tuesday by the personal finance site.

The city of approximately 66,000 residents is located 21 miles east of Seattle.

Another city in Washington also made the cut. Redmond, 10 km north of Sammamish, ranked No. 12.

To calculate the ranking, the experts selected cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 and low cost cities surrounding a metropolitan area.

Next, the researchers rated each category using 43 “relevant metrics”. They rated each metric on a 100-point scale using data from the US Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, County Health Rankings, Trip Advisor, Yelp, and Trans Union, among others.

Sammamish achieved an overall score of 72.55 and scored high in economic health, safety, education, and health.

The top-rated town is nestled along Sammamish Lake, a popular spot for beach lounging, swimming, boat fishing, and hiking. And the area is also known for its schools and golf courses.

Redmond, a city of over 65,000 residents, achieved a total score of 70.12 with strong performances in the areas of economic health, education and health. The seventh largest city in King County is known for its “small town charm” and has over 30 public parks.

The lowest ranked small town is Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Helena Wegner is a McClatchy National Real-Time Reporter covering Washington State and the Western United States. She graduated in journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is based in Phoenix.


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