Redmond is the fifth-best place to live among “small towns” of 50,000 to 300,000 residents in the United States, Money Magazine says in its annual ranking.
Microsoft’s home is “anything but a grind,” the magazine declared, with Seattle, the Cascade Mountains and 90 wineries (that would be Woodinville) nearby.
And there’s plenty to do in town, “where historic buildings, quirky shops, eateries and brewpubs mingle in colorful condo and retail developments with public art and giant evergreens.” The magazine also cited “picturesque neighborhoods, low crime rate and stellar schools.”
“We’re very happy about this,” Mayor John Marchione said after Money’s rankings were released Monday. “We’ve been doing a lot of good things here in Redmond. A lot of them have been done quietly and have not caught the region’s attention.”
Marchione said downtown is being revitalized through new housing, shops, a downtown park and — coming soon — the Central Connector trail and park.
The very best place, according to Money, is Carmel, Ind., followed by McKinney, Texas; Eden Prairie, Minn.; Newton, Mass.; and Redmond. Bellevue was ranked 40th among the top 100.
Mukilteo was ranked ninth last year, and Sammamish 15th.