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64. Shoreline, WA
Shoreline
WINNER
Top 100 rank: 64
Population: 54,000
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This relatively new town outside Seattle offers gorgeous views from sandy beaches of the Puget Sound and countless parks for its residents to roam through.

There's plenty to do, with shopping centers, picnic areas, scenic walking and bicycling trails, and four art galleries. The Shoreline Arts Festival in June is one of the city's largest events; you can tour a series of art shows, listening to music, enjoying local cuisine, and seeing a children's theater performance.

Unfortunately, houses here can be pricey: They range from $300,000 to $2 million or $3 million. --B.D.

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Shoreline stats
  City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$79,046 $90,957
Job growth %
(2000-2009)*
-0.06% 15.71%
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Median home price $317,000 $239,391
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Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
18.2% 22.9%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
26.6% 22.9%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 2 2
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 31 24
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
4,240 2,967
High temp in July ° F 75.2° 86.2°
Low temp in Jan ° F 34.9° 21.3°
Median age 41.6 35.3
Financial City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$79,046 $90,957
Family purchasing power
(annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
$75,354 $86,860
State sales tax 6.50% 5.45%
State income tax rate
(highest bracket)
N.A. 7.35%
State income tax rate
(lowest bracket)
N.A. 2.96%
Auto insurance premiums
(Average price quotes, for the state)
$1,811 $1,707
Job growth %
(2000-2009)*
-0.06% 15.71%
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Housing
Median home price $317,000 $239,391
Average property taxes
(2009)
$3,916 $3,418
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Education
Colleges, universities and
professional schools (within 30 miles)
13 25
Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
18.2% 22.9%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
26.6% 22.9%
% students attending public/private
schools (located within town limits)
70.5/29.5 87.8/12.2
Quality of life
Air quality index*
(% of days AQI ranked as good)
89.0% 77.8%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 2 2
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 31 24
Median commute time (in minutes) 24.7 21.4
% population with commute
45 mins. or longer
15.1% 13.6%
% population walk or bike to work 2.5% 3.6%
Leisure and culture
Movie theaters
(within 15 miles)
52 31
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
4,240 2,967
Bars
(within 15 miles)
309 207
Public golf courses
(within 30 miles)
125 162
Libraries
(within 15 miles)
84 72
Museums (accredited by AAM;
within 30 miles)
7 10
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) 9 12
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.8 1.5
Weather
Annual rainfall
(inches)
43.72 37.40
% clear days in the area 16 29
High temp in July ° F 75.2° 86.2°
Low temp in Jan ° F 34.9° 21.3°
Median age 41.6 35.3
Completed at least some college
(% of residents)
72.7% 71.5%
Married % 51.2% 56.6%
Divorced % 10.8% 8.4%
Racial diversity index
(100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)
109.2 94.9
From the August 2010 issue
Notes: *County data
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Population
8.4M
46,000
Home Prices
2009 median sales prices
$1.2M
$36K
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