Four Seattle Suburbs Among "Top Booming Suburbs In America" Survey

Jun 26, 2013




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.


Booming Suburb



1 Cottage Lake  Wash. 1,000
2 Prairieville  La. 986.42
3 Fruit Cove Fla. 985.68
4 Sammamish  Wash. 985.56
5 Mercer Island  Wash. 983.13
6 Riverton  Utah 979.65
7 Brentwood  Tenn. 976.5
8 Lehi  Utah 975.58
9 Cooper City  Fla. 972.1
10 Maple Valley Wash. 971.73

*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.”

Interesting Facts About the Top Seattle Booming Suburbs

  • Cottage Lake, Wash.
    Growth in Employment Persons: 3.5 percent
    Average Commute Time: 30 minutes

    Resembling an idyllic “Leave It to Beaver” setting, situated on a beautiful lake, this unincorporated suburb hosts many individual IT, finance, insurance, medical and biotechnology firms, but also benefits from nearby Internet, retail and other corporate headquarters in downtown Seattle. The area is also a big proponent of sustainability and the wine-making and agritourism industries.
  • Sammamish, Wash.
    Growth in Employment Persons: 3.5 percent
    Average Commute Time: 30 minutes

    Sammamish, Wash., features a highly-dedicated workforce of employers in the technology and aerospace sectors. As a young city (the town was incorporated in 1999), there are several upscale residential communities, in addition to a local symphony orchestra, three private golf courses and a public beach within five miles.
  • Mercer Island, Wash.
    Growth in Employment Persons: 3.5 percent
    Average Commute Time: 20 minutes

    Mercer Island, Wash., holds the title of most populated island on a lake within the United States, and is the 50th largest city in the State of Washington. Being connected to Seattle by the second longest floating bridge in the world, this suburb emphasizes its jobs in professional services, which makes up the leading industry found within Mercer Island, followed by sectors of finance, retail and education.
  • Maple Valley, Wash.
    Growth in Employment Persons: 3.5 percent
    Average Commute Time: 30 minutes

    Maple Valley, featuring three lakes, two golf courses, and several miles of trails, harnesses the nostalgia of country living and the convenience of a city. Having more than doubled its population since the 1990s, this suburb has become one of the fastest growing areas in the state, with a job market focused on retail, construction and education.
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