Just over half an hour from Seattle, and closer still to major tech corporate campuses in Redmond and Bellevue, Sammamish attracts many of the people who work for Microsoft, Amazon, Expedia and other tech giants. The homes are pricey here, but average salaries are high too: Median family income is roughly $165,000, more than twice the median for the other spots MONEY analyzed. The current average list price for a single family residence in Sammamish is $1,227,275.
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%, and the city's crime rate is approximately 90% lower than the national average.
For those that live here, once they put down their laptops, Sammamish residents get a wealth of outdoor activities on their doorstep. The town's 14 parks and preserves, some of which are home to bears and other wildlife, offer a range of activities — from hiking to cricket to ziplining to skateboarding. At just under 5,000 acres, Lake Sammamish is the sixth largest lake in Washington and is one of the major recreational lakes in the state. The lake provides activities for fishermen, boaters, jet skiers, water skiers, swimmers, picnickers, and those just wanting to enjoy the scenery.
Sammamish also claims a lively cultural community. Its arts commission maintains a busy schedule of exhibitions and oversees a popular fair that showcases the work of local artists. And a weekly summer concert series features an array of performers, from a Linda Ronstadt tribute band to the Sammamish Symphony.
Sammamish, Washington, is tops in income. Nerdwallet.com recently published a new study putting a whopping 73.7% of households in Sammamish at more than $100,000 per year. More than a quarter of the households top $200,000 per year.
The average home value in Sammamish is $1,227,275. Sammamish home values have gone up an amazing 19.0% over the past year and we predict they will rise 7.2% within the next year. The average price per sq ft in Sammamish is $387 and the average size of a home for same in Sammamish is 3,239 square feet.