Cottage Lake, Wash., is one of four Seattle suburbs to lead the Coldwell Banker Real Estate “Top Booming Suburbs in America” survey — the final installment of the Coldwell Banker® Best Places to Live series. The “Booming Suburbs” ranking rated 1,500 communities based on increased year-over-year levels in employment and unemployment percentages below the national norm, along with a range of attributes that include access to suburban staples (grocery stores, banks, etc.), proximity to good schools, commuting by car and community safety.
Cottage Lake, located approximately 21 miles northeast of downtown Seattle, was joined in the top five by Sammamish and Mercer Island, both within a 30-minute commute from the Emerald City. Prairieville, La., a suburb of Baton Rouge, and Jacksonville suburb Fruit Cove, Fla., rounded out the top five Booming Suburbs, based on methodology created by Coldwell Banker and its partner in the study, Onboard Informatics.
*The “score” in the above table is based on a scale from 1-1,000, with 1,000 being the No. 1 booming suburb.
“This ranking shows the Pacific Northwest is a national leader with respect to fostering communities people love,” said Mike Grady, president and chief operating officer of Coldwell Banker Bain. “Certainly our robust and improving job market has helped create better lives for people as they seek to live the American dream.”