36. Mill Creek, WA

City of Mill Creek Mill Creek, WA

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 (2012) $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


Median family income (per year) $106,919
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted) $95,728
Sales tax 9.60%
State income tax rate (highest bracket) 0.00%
State income tax rate (lowest bracket) 0.00%
Auto insurance premiums (Average price quotes, for the state) $1,670
Job growth % (2010-2012) 6.26%


Median home price (2012) $318,000
Average property taxes(2012) $4,155


Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles) 22
Reading test scores (% above/below state average) 24.5%
Test scores math (% above/below average) 24.4%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits) 97.3/2.7

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good) 89.6%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 21
Median commute time (in minutes) 24.2
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer 20.8%
% population walk or bike to work 3.4%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles) 29
Restaurants (within 15 miles) 2,652
Bars (within 15 miles) 222
Public golf courses (within 30 miles) 103
Libraries (within 15 miles) 38
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles) 9
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) N.A.
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.5


Annual rainfall (inches) 37.07
% clear days in the area 38%
High temp in July ° F 73°
Low temp in Jan ° F 33.6°

Meet the neighbors

Median age 38.5
Completed at least some college (% of residents) 77.3%
Married % 59.4%
Divorced % 7.0%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 116.2
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