Sammamish the nation’s friendliest

December 25, 2012

By Administrator

New: Dec. 25, 10:04 a.m.

Sammamish got yet another accolade from a national magazine – this time as the nation’s “friendliest” city.

The city ranked first in the nation in Forbes Magazine’s ranking of America’s friendliest cities between 5,500 and 150,000 residents. While the list is far from scientific, the magazine took into account the city’s high percentage of homeownership, a crime rate 90 percent lower than the national average, high charitable giving rates and large percentage of college graduates.

Sammamish outpaced cities like Orinda, Calif. and Fishers, Ind. in the list.

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8 Responses to “Sammamish the nation’s friendliest”

  1. GiGi on December 26th, 2012 9:11 am

    I guess that’s why they say, correlation does not equal causation and I disagree, completely. I have lived here for almost a year now, and I know only my neighbor’s on my immediate property lines by sight but not by name. Women here act like it the 1960s and are suprised when I say that I have a job (even though I have no children).

    I think that the lack of decent restaurants and no sidewalks anywhere make Sammamish unpleasant and difficult to live in. You have to drive everywhere you want to go, the downtown is so spread out that even if you drive down there, you still have to drive from one place to the next. I can’t wait to get out.

  2. Fred on December 26th, 2012 1:06 pm

    Well that’s what happens when someone forms an opinion about a place they have never actually been – it’s utterly worthless! Sammamish is populated mostly by high-income, conservative types. Do you think people like that got their “success” by being “nice”? Ummm, I’m afraid not. No, in reality, not a “friendly” place at all.

  3. Jon Anderson on December 26th, 2012 1:46 pm

    Funny article. Sammamish is far from friendly. I love engaging someone in a conversation in Sammamish, to see the horrified look on their face – that they will actually have to talk to a stranger.

    If there’s a “ME-ME-ME” accolade, this would be more fitting for the city of Sammamish. Throw in a side order of “Take no responsibility for my own actions”.

    Sammamish is also a failure when it comes to “diversity”. We just have groups of foreigners that keep to themselves and don’t try to integrate into the rest of the population. Really friendly, that.

  4. Damon Lundgren on December 26th, 2012 2:18 pm

    Sammamish is a great place to live and to raise a family. My neighborhood is full of friendly people and many of us are good friends. It’s clean, safe, and beautiful. I hope fewer people like the above commenters are forced to spend their time in such a “terrible” place! What’s wrong with having a nice city whose residents are comprised primarily, but not exclusively, with upper-income types and nice single-family homes? Every place doesn’t need to fit your ideal of a “sufficiently diverse” city where all of the women work and everyone sits outside on their porch chatting each other up (hopefully this addresses the primary complaints above). If you want that, there are plenty of places that have lower average incomes, more ethnic diversity, and more liberal prevailing views (which would, e.g., tend to correlate with more women choosing to work over raising their families — and no, I’m not criticizing any woman for choosing to raise a family OR to work; both are valid choices). There’s always East Bellevue, the Issaquah Highlands, parts of Seattle, etc. if that’s more your style. I’d like Sammamish to stay the way it is — it’s why I and tens of thousands of others have chosen to live there.

    It’s funny how many people are proponents of diverse viewpoints and life choices, as long as those are the same as their own.

  5. Sam Epstein on December 26th, 2012 2:56 pm

    I think some Sammamish neighborhoods attract people who like privacy and who mostly keep to themselves. On the other hand, when you’re in a public place with a kid, other people with kids are usually very friendly. And here’s a random anecdote: I got a flat on my bike once when I wasn’t carrying anything to fix it. I stuck out my thumb. The first or second vehicle stopped but I couldn’t fit my bike in. Right after that, Don Gerend happened by with his pickup truck and drove me to Pacific Bicycle.

  6. Chris on December 27th, 2012 7:26 pm

    When I first moved here several years ago, my car got stuck during a snow storm. I was pleasantly surprised to see over a dozen strangers stop to see if they can help. I’ve never experienced anything like that anywhere else. Friendliest city indeed.

  7. Jim McKenzie on December 27th, 2012 8:16 pm

    Your city is what YOU make of it. two examples. Note 1 – I have “hosted” a street party for 14 years on my cul-de-sac in Sammamish (even before it was a city). A Simple pot-luck yard party for the families on my street – and over the years – slowly – we have become friends. It’s now a community event – and we now know each other – everybody in 27 houses – each other’s kids and even the names of our dogs. Slowly we have become friends. We made it so. We help each other during wind storms and invite each other over during “party” times. Note 2 – I was bicycling down ELSP and hit a traffic cone – flipped me and my bike. When I came to, a unknown man in a red pickup had stopped, helped me up, then drove me home – 4 or 5 miles out of his way. Your city is what YOU make of it.

  8. John Allen on January 3rd, 2013 11:26 pm

    I find this to be an interesting topic. We’re a military family that has lived in Sammamish for a year and a half. My impression of Sammamish is that it is very friendly and has its own unique qualities and sets of problems as other cities do. We moved to Sammamish from a part of the country where people regularly waved at one another and it was not out of the norm to make cookies for a new neighhbor. Although that might not be a norm in Sammamish, I’ve learned from living abroad that an experience is what you make it…if you think you have lemons, make lemonade! I do not place too much stock in affleuency, the amount of diversity in a community, or what a communty’s political tendencies are; too much emphasis on those matters creates division.

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