5 Worst Places to Live in Washington

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Seattle, beautiful mountains and rain are among the things you usually associate with Washington. There are a lot of stink holes around the hills that you don't think about usually. The Evergreen State has many wrong places to live, so we did the dirty work for you. As reported by RoadSnacks, the following areas aren't so green in Washington:

Top 5: Union Gap

In the southern part of the state, Union Gap is located next to the Yakima Indian Reservation on I-82. The Agricultural Museum and other attractions make it an important tourist stop. Approximately 6,125 people live permanently in Union Gap. This small city is just south of Yakima, which shares a main road with the larger municipality but remains distinct and separate. It has a meager home value average of $93,700, which is the worst in Union Gap.

Union Gap suffers from crippling poverty as well. The town's 6163 residents make up about a quarter of the working-poor population. This limited tax base also impacts the civil service, as you might imagine. Criminality in the area is over 300% higher than national averages, and local schools can't earn a perfect score on Great Schools.

Top 4: Aberdeen

In addition to Kurt Cobain, Aberdeen also provided the birthplace of a tragic rock star. After learning this trivial fact, is it surprising that the place becomes somewhat depressing?

In the northwest part of the state, this coastal town is dependent on the timber and fishing industries. Nearly one-quarter of the population lives below the poverty line due to an elevated unemployment rate and a low median income. Additionally, there are issues related to high crime rates and underperforming schools.

Even so, not everything in town requires a Nirvana soundtrack. There are many parks, beautiful waterfront scenery, and the Aberdeen Art Center. As for the Kurt Cobain Under the Bridge Memorial, yes, you can go there.

Top 3: Tukwila

This southern suburb of Seattle is plagued by low economic growth and high housing costs. Tukwila is only 15 minutes away from the action, and opportunities remain sparse despite its proximity to the city. Therefore, 7.6% of the population is unemployed.

Even without jobs, Seattle has been feeling the financial pressure of high real estate prices. With a median income of $58,097 and a median home price of $315,000, Tukwila has an expensive mortgage to cover. Still, there is much to see and do in Tukwila. You can get an idea of the attractions in town by visiting the Museum of Flight.

Top 2: Ocean Shores

There is a lot to learn about Ocean Shores from its name. That's right: the town sits along the coast. Grays Harbor is accessible through this port. You can see beautiful views as a result. You can view the wildlife at Oyhut Wildlife Recreational Area or the beach at Ocean Shores.

Unfortunately, such a great location is not accessible. There are few amenities available due to the location's isolation. The second problem is a lack of affordable housing due to intense competition. As a comparison, the median home value is $233,300, while the median income is $46,144.

Top 1: Shelton

The city of Shelton lies along a waterway that connects Tacoma and Seattle, along Oakland Bay in northwest Washington. Geographically, the town is somewhat isolated, and it would take an hour and a half to travel to the state's largest metropolis.

How did it turn out? Locale in a scenic region but with limited economic opportunities. The Olympic National Forest is only a short ride away. The day trip is nice, but ordinary life continues to be complicated. You can see this in the poverty rate. There are 10,167 residents in the town, and 26.9% live below the poverty level. As well as safety and education, affordability is also a concern.

Have you ever been to these places in Washington? Have you encountered not-so-good moments here? Let us know how you dealt with these experiences! Hit us in the comments section below! And, please let us know more "not-so-good" places to live in Washington if you know any!

Sources:

https://www.roadsnacks.net/worst-places-to-live-in-washington/

https://www.homesnacks.com/wa/shelton/

https://www.homesnacks.com/wa/ocean-shores/

https://www.homesnacks.com/wa/tukwila/

https://www.homesnacks.com/wa/aberdeen/

https://www.homesnacks.com/wa/union-gap/

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