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Accomplishment names Sammamish one of nation's best suburbs

Sammamish Review of Sammamish, Washington

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Sammamish is one of the nation's top 40 suburbs, according to After compiling data on more than 2,500 suburbs, the website slotted Sammamish at No. 39.

"With an official motto of 'Building Community Together,' the city of Sammamish in King County, Washington, is as friendly as it gets," wrote "The unemployment rate is a low five percent, the median household income is $143,919, and, according to Forbes, the city's crime rate is approximately 90 percent lower than the national average."

To be considered, suburbs needed to have populations between 5,000 and 100,000 and be within 25 miles of the nearest metropolitan area. Other important factors included commute times, median household income, poverty and crime rates, public school ratings and housing affordability.

"Sammamish continues to be mentioned on all these lists," Deputy City Manager Lyman Howard said in a statement. "We've been described as being among the safest, the friendliest and the best places to live all across the country. Not bad for a community that elected its first City Council just 16 years ago."

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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