WINNERTop 100 rank: 10
Compare Mukilteo to Top 10 Best Places
Much of the West Coast is an economic mess. Not this picturesque waterfront com≠munity.
Mukilteo (pronounced muck-ill-tee-oh) benefits from the Seattle area's diverse job market, including high tech, aerospace, and retail 2.0 pio≠neers Amazon and Drugstore.com. Its unemployment rate is half that of some other towns along the Pacific.
Mukilteo also happens to be drop-dead gorgeous, with views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, and the Cascades. More reasons to love it: top-notch schools and low property taxes.
"We considered Seattle, but the cost of living is cheaper here," says Michael Chun, 47, a neurologist who moved to town in 2007 with his wife, Tina, 42, a realtor. "Restaurants in Seattle are great, but I can get a great dinner locally for less."
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