The city of Kirkland has ranked third on Money Magazine’s list of Best Places to Live 2022. Each year the magazine ranks cities across the nation based on criteria in nine different areas.
Money Magazine examined data on Kirkland relating to the cost of living; diversity; economic opportunity; education; fun and amenities; health and safety; housing market; income and personal finance; and quality of life.
“It’s an honor that Kirkland has been recognized nationally for something that we all know to be true: Kirkland is such an amazing place to live,” said Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold.
Money Magazine describes Kirkland as a family-friendly and community-focused Seattle suburb that offers great schools and employment opportunities. While the average one-bedroom costs about $2,000 and the median home sale prices top $1 million, the median household income is just under $140,000, which is above average, according to Money Magazine.
Data collected from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services found that Kirkland’s unemployment rate is 2.9% and has a population of 90,472.
According to Money Magazine, EvergreenHealth is the largest employer in the city, and job openings are expected to grow by over 10% in the next several years. A driving factor that assisted with Kirkland’s ranking was its outdoor spaces, such as Marina Park. Furthermore, 25% of Kirkland’s lakefront is accessible through public parks, which residents can easily reach by biking through paved paths.
“Thank you to our wonderful residents and businesses who together contribute to Kirkland’s vibrant and belonging community,” said Deputy Mayor Arnold.
Money Magazine ranked Tempe, Arizona as the second best city to live in the nation, while Atlanta, Georgia was ranked the best city in the nation to live.