4 Washington cities, 1 Oregon city make list of Top 100 Best Places to Live

Oregon State Capitol - KATU photo by Kellee Azar.

Livability released its annual list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live Wednesday and four Washington cities and one Oregon city made the list.

Richland, Wash. was ranked No. 30 and was praised for its economy and some of the most affordable housing prices in Washington. According to Livability, it also has a long list of wineries, golf courses, and desert trails.

Thanks to its affordability, amenities, and dedication to health, Vancouver, Wash. was ranked No. 37. Livability says Vancouver is often overshadowed by Portland, but is finally drawing much-deserved attention.

Livability boasts that No. 41, Spokane, Wash., is a city that has a combination of urban living and easy access to nature. The city features many parks, nearby lakes, and museums.

Salem is the only Oregon city to make the list. It was ranked No. 61 and is considered an affordable city to live in with a prime Pacific Northwest location. Compared to Portland, the cost of living in Salem is much more affordable.

The last Washington city to make the list is Pullman. The college town scored high for health, education, and infrastructure.

The following cities were ranked the top 10 for 2019:

  1. Boise, ID
  2. Raleigh, NC
  3. Madison, WI
  4. Iowa City, IA
  5. Rochester, MN
  6. Columbia, MO
  7. Sioux Falls, SD
  8. Pittsburgh, PA
  9. Lincoln, NE
  10. Greensville, SC
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