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Best Places to Live in Washington

Jul 19, 2023|

Washington is a highly diverse state that offers large urban destinations like Seattle as well as peaceful rural landscapes in places like Snohomish and Bainbridge Island. The state is also home to headquarters for companies like Starbucks, Amazon, and Microsoft. If you're thinking of making a move to the Evergreen State, there are many cities that might interest you.

Olympia Washington state capitol building at dusk


Seattle, located on Puget Sound, is a large city that's home to 485 parks and natural areas covering 6,414 acres. Seattle is the headquarters of Costco, Starbucks, Microsoft, and Expedia.

With more than 725,000 residents, Seattle is the most populous city in Washington. When you live here or near here, you'll have the chance to visit popular spots like the Museum of Pop Culture, Space Needle, and Washington Park Arboretum.


Spokane is a picturesque city in Eastern Washington. A popular destination in Spokane is the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. You should also consider visiting the Barrister Winery or the Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden. Most of the eastern section of Washington has a desert climate, which isn't in keeping with the rainy weather in the rest of the state.

While there are many reasons to live in Spokane, this city is a haven for people who enjoy the outdoors. You'll have easy access to more than 100 miles of hiking trails in Mt. Spokane State Park. There are also numerous ski resorts nearby plus ample rafting opportunities. The city is home to Gonzaga University, which makes it a popular destination among college students.

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Tacoma is a scenic city just 30 minutes from downtown Seattle. Many residents who live in the area choose to buy a home in Tacoma and commute to Seattle. If you don't enjoy the pace of a large city but need to work in Seattle, Tacoma is a great option.

While there are many places to go and things to see, Point Defiance Park is likely the most popular spot in Tacoma among residents and tourists alike. This 760-acre park offers beaches, walking trails, and a zoo. Tacoma has a rich arts and culture scene. Favorite places to visit include the Museum of Glass and America's Car Museum.


As the capital of Washington, Olympia is a relatively small but important city that has a current population of over 56,500. Olympia is just an hour's drive from Seattle and is a popular destination for people who enjoy theater and art.

Consider stopping by the Olympia Family Theater or Olympia Symphony Orchestra. The Millersylvania State Park is a great camping area that rests on the Deep Lake shoreline. With close proximity to Mount Rainier, residents have easy access to dozens of beautiful trails that offer a glimpse of nature at its finest.


Kenmore is small and family-friendly, providing residents with waterfront views and outdoor adventures. If you're thinking of starting a career in medicine, you might want to consider Bastyr University, a pioneer in natural health arts and sciences. Today, nearly 23,000 people live in Kenmore. If you want to settle in a place that offers peace and quiet, consider Kenmore.

Aerial view of Kenmore Washington Lake Washington with Mt Rainer in background


Pullman is a thriving college town in the southeastern portion of Washington. Students who live there are just minutes away from Washington State University. Outside the downtown area, much of the city consists of vast fields of wheat. When you're inside the city center, you'll discover ample historic sites, coffee shops, gardens, restaurants, and breweries. If you want to play a round of golf on your day off, the Palouse Ridge Golf Club might interest you.

Mercer Island

Mercer Island is another lakeside city that provides a combination of local beaches and outdoor fun alongside a bustling city center. The many urban amenities available to you include wine bars, parks, art galleries, shops, bookstores, and restaurants. There are four sandy beaches to choose from, the most popular of which is Groveland Beach Park. Seattle is only a ferry ride away.

Benefits of a home security system and home automation in Washington

Whether you choose to live in a big city or small town, having a security and automation system is highly beneficial.

  • 24/7 protection: Every Vivint security system has 24/7 monitoring, so you can have peace of mind knowing that the Vivint monitoring team is always there to help in an emergency. You’ll receive notifications whenever something triggers an alarm, and our team will check in to make sure everything is okay.
  • Secure home: Smart home security systems use alarms and other devices to deter criminals and to ensure your home is secure.
  • Security and automation integration: Your favorite smart home products can pair seamlessly with your Vivint system—from smart locks to smart thermostats and smart assistants.
  • Control from anywhere: Home automation gives you complete control over most home appliances from the Vivint app. You can access the Vivint app from anywhere, which makes it possible to monitor your security cameras or thermostat even when you aren’t home.

Home security system FAQs

Do home security systems work when the power is out?

If the home security system you buy comes with a backup battery, it should continue to run well even when the power is out. If a thief attempts to break into your home by cutting the power, your security system should have a backup battery to keep you safe and secure.

Is a home security system worth it?

When you consider the benefits, a home security system is definitely worth it. Vivint's home security products offer you and your family safety and security from unwanted visitors with 24/7 monitoring. Our systems detect fire and carbon monoxide too. Best of all, these customized security solutions are tailored to your budget.

What types of security cameras do you need?

Every home has different safety and security requirements. Numerous types of security cameras are available to accommodate all your needs. For instance, a doorbell camera allows you to instantly see who is ringing your doorbell. Spotlight cameras include motion-sensor flood lights that warn you when thieves and other criminals are nearby. Depending on where you position the camera, you can capture film of incidents that concern you.

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Safeguard your home and family with a Vivint security system

No matter which Washington city you move to, you can take steps to improve your family's safety with a home security and automation system. A security system can give peace of mind, increased safety, and more control over your home.

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