A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$587,300
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,539
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    7%
  • Own
    93%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    273
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    525
  • Theft
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    263

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$135,291
National
$53,889
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    23%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%
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Cottage Lake Reviews

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This entire area and most of the surrounding areas have a large base of environmentally-conscious people, and as such there are many stores with the same mentality. You can go to your standard chain stores and find large organic and local sections. Some stores- like PCC and Whole Foods -are entire chains dedicated to selling products that are more environmentally-friendly and nutritious.

There is also a strong awareness of allergies and allergy alternatives. I have a fairly severe gluten allergy, and considering the prevalence of gluten in most foods, I feel fairly unlimited in what I can eat. There are gluten-free pizzas, breads, granola, power bars, crackers- you name it! There are also many dairy alternatives in every category of food products, which is another common allergy.

The overall feeling of this area is variety and productivity. There are plenty of stores of every kind, whether that be Rite Aid or Super Supplements. Anyone can find just about anything around here (though prices tend to be fairly high, and even higher for the less processed foods).
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The primary categories for employment in this area are tech/IT, health care, restaurants, small businesses, and your standard chain stores for the area. While these categories are not bad in their own right, the requirements and social pressures make getting a job difficult. Anyone who seeks a higher-paying job has to combat the multitudinous mob of people similarly qualified. Every job opportunity has a horde of piranhas tearing it apart shortly after it is advertised. Considering that this area is very educated and generally wealthy, there are also significant prejudices against those who are not. That being said, opportunities for education are everywhere; affordable programs are offered by the various community colleges in the area and the public schools are very highly rated. The problem with this community is also it's strength: there are a lot of educated people in this area.
It's close to Seattle, near freeway entrances into larger cities. Always growing community. Lived here my whole life.