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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    B
Auburn is a town in Washington with a population of 77,440. Auburn is in King County. Living in Auburn offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Auburn there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Auburn and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Auburn are above average.
About Auburn...
Population
77,440

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$259,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,130
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    218.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    71.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    145.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    734.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,568.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    744.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Auburn

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$64,400
National
$55,322
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Definitely one of those towns where you see people leave and then come right back, I would know because I was one of them, as well as my girlfriend. I grew up in Auburn, turned 18 enlisted into the military, and after my active service was up, I came right back because there's no place like home! Easy commute to either Tacoma or Seattle (without traffic). As long as you know what time traffic dies, you'll be able to travel freely and with ease. Perfect example is going northbound to Seattle (between 0530-0930) is traffic and southbound from Seattle (between 1500-1900) is traffic.
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Small town some miles out from Seattle, overall friendly people with a range of interests and experiences, networking is one of the best things possible in Auburn as it'll certainly pay off in the future - should you find the right people to keep in contact with. We were supported by friends and family from around the area when tragedies hit and especially when we had to move away from home more than once. The town is a bit strange to get around transportation-wise as there are many backroads, alley-ways, and shortcuts, but the more the merrier to learn!
I'm not sure why other reviewers comment on high crime rate, as we recently moved from Seattle (a nice part of Seattle at that!) and I feel much safer about theft/breakins here as I did there (I had my car broken into twice in a year in Seattle). It is a wonderful, up and coming neighborhood. It has a genuine small town feel, yet still 30 minutes from either Seattle or Tacoma. Just a ten minute drive to target or Trader Joe's in the neighboring city of Kent. I'm not sure why property is still so affordable in this area, but my guess is that in a few short years it won't be! The downtown is adorable with a brand new brewery opening up and a couple great coffee shops, as well as vintage clothing and book stores. Parks are plentiful, views of Mt.rainier, a breathtaking river running through the town and bountiful green fir trees make for the most lovely backdrop. A brand new high school and elementary schools that are starting to get better scores. You really can have it all!