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Money Magazine chooses Mill Creek as one of “50 Best Places to Live”

Mill Creek is ranked 36th best small town in the America according to the just published article. It seems Money Magazine used economic opportunity, housing affordability, open space and parks, good schools, good public safety and a strong sense of community as the main criteria for Mill Creek’s ranking.
The area's strong schools (recently testing well above the state average) and affordable homes have been a big draw for families. Photo credit: Money Magazine.

Money Magazine has just confirmed what most Mill Creekers already knew; Mill Creek is a better place to live than most other small towns.

Mill Creek is ranked 36th best small town in America according to the just published article. It seems Money Magazine used economic opportunity, housing affordability, open space and parks, good schools, good public safety and a strong sense of community as the main criteria for Mill Creek’s ranking.

Money Magazine contacted the City a month ago regarding the selection according to Ken Armstrong, Mill Creek City Manager, “We were contacted by Money Mag. a month or so ago and provided them photos and information about Mill Creek and were told then that we would be on their list of ‘Best Places.’  The only other Washington city to make the list this year was Newcastle at number 19.”

Here is what they wrote about Mill Creek:

“Top 50 rank: 36 
Population: 18,834

Originally a planned community built around a golf course, Mill Creek has been steadily growing in size for the past two decades. The area's strong schools (recently testing well above the state average) and affordable homes have been a big draw for families.  While most residents work outside of town, the commute to good technology and aerospace jobs in Seattle is just 30 minutes long. --S.M.

Mill Creek, WA – Town stats

  • Median family income (per year) $106,919
  • Job growth % (2010-2012) 6.26%
  • Median home price $318,000
  • Reading test scores (% above/below average) 24.5%
  • Math test scores (% above/below average) 24.4%
  • Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
  • Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 21”

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