Best place to raise kids in Washington: Pullman
Nearby city: Moscow, Idaho
Median family income: $57,474
Runner-up: West Richland
Pullman is in the southeastern part of Washington state on the Idaho border, a farming community in an area known as the Palouse. The Palouse wheat fields stretch for miles, broken up only by such geographic marvels as the Snake River, Hells Canyon, and the Cascade mountain range. In addition to its natural beauty, Pullman is a seat of learning and home to Washington State University. Pullman High School is highly regarded, and its WASL scores average among the highest in the state.