Best Place to Raise Your Kids: Washington

Best Place to Raise Your Kids: Washington

Redmond

Nearest city: Seattle
Population: 47,259
Median family income: $101,630
Runners-up: Shoreline, Bellevue

Redmond, an affluent town located between the Cascade mountain range and Puget Sound, is just 20 minutes outside downtown Seattle. It is best known as the home of Microsoft. But residents also move here for the natural setting—it has 34 parks and more than 25 miles of trails—and excellent schools.