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Seattle remains among top 3 best run cities in the United States in 2019

According to a recent report released by WalletHub, Seattle, which was the best run city in 2018, came in third this year

July 24, 2019
  • According to a recent report released by WalletHub, Seattle, which was the best run city in 2018, came in third this year. The study compared 62 U.S. cities, with population over 300,000 people, based on 56 key metrics across five categories. Seattle landed the number one spot in Economy and Education & Health categories. Specifically, Seattle has the second highest income growth behind San Francisco, along with the highest percentage of population aged 25 and older with at least a high school diploma. 
  • While the city ranked #50 in affordability, Seattle remains affordable when compared to cities like New York and San Francisco which ranked #62 and #54, respectively. The Seattle region continues to grow rapidly, fueled in large part by the region’s tech industry, adding jobs at a robust pace. The region is capturing both organic growth from local tech companies, as well as the relocation and expansion of companies from other US markets, as companies continue to expand and attract more talent to the area.
  • Unemployment in the Seattle metro area is currently 3.5 percent, 10 basis points below the national average rate. Job growth remains strong, with 43,400 net new jobs added over the past 12 months and an annual growth rate of 2.5 percent.

Source: JLL Research, WalletHub

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