10 top 'booming suburbs'

Coldwell Banker rates 1,500 U.S. suburbs based on economic and lifestyle factors. Four of the top 10 were in Washington, with two in Florida, two in Utah, one in Louisiana and one in Tennessee.

By Teresa at MSN Real Estate Jun 26, 2013 12:48PM

© Thinkstock/CorbisFor those who like a suburban lifestyle, the country is filled with subdivisions of all kinds, some nicer than others. Coldwell Banker, as part of its Best Places to Live project, has picked the top “booming suburbs” in the United States.


The suburbs were evaluated based on employment, schools and services, among other factors. You can find data on all the suburbs here.


"As America continues to bounce back from the recession, this ranking identifies suburbs that have shown strong economic growth since the recovery," Budge Huskey, president and chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate, said in a news release. "These communities have the American ideals we love, the suburban dream intact and a population that is finding jobs at a better rate than the national average. That is the definition of a thriving community."


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Four of the top 10 booming suburbs are in Washington state, two are in Florida and two in Utah. Louisana and Tennessee have one each.

The survey evaluated 1,500 communities, looking at changes in unemployment year over year and the rate of unemployment, as well as access to stores and services, community safety, commuting and schools. The suburbs were ranked from 1 to 1,000, with 1,000 being the best score.

The top “booming suburb” was Cottage Lake, Wash., about 30 minutes from downtown Seattle. Coldwell Banker writes: “Resembling an idyllic 'Leave It to Beaver' setting, situated on a beautiful lake, this unincorporated suburb hosts many individual IT, finance, insurance, medical and biotechnology firms, but also benefits from nearby Internet, retail and other corporate headquarters in downtown Seattle.” Cottage Lake scored a perfect 1,000.

The nine other suburbs rounding out the top 10 were:

  • Prairieville, La. (suburb of Baton Rouge).
  • Fruit Cove, Fla. (suburb of Jacksonville).
  • Sammamish, Wash. (suburb of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue).
  • Mercer Island, Wash. (suburb of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue).
  • Riverton, Utah (suburb of Salt Lake City).
  • Brentwood, Tenn. (suburb of Nashville).
  • Lehi, Utah (suburb of Provo-Orem).
  • Cooper City, Fla. (suburb of Fort Lauderdale).
  • Maple Valley, Wash. (suburb of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue). 
Jul 29, 2013 12:17PM
I live in Lehi, UT.  It is a great place to live, about half way between SLC and Provo which makes commutes to either place do-able.  
Jul 7, 2013 2:05AM
Defensive much? Because you incorrectly identified a neighborhood as a suburb you assume I did not read the title. A suburb is an incorporated city or town. A suburb is not a neighborhood but a neighborhood can be part of a suburb. Cottage Lake is a small neighborhood in the city of Woodinville like Echo Lake. I live here and not Florida like you so I actually know the area.

Cottage Lake belongs in an article titled Booming Neighborhoods. 
Jul 6, 2013 6:56PM
Huntington Beach. Orange County California is the number 1 place to live. So i know this list is B.S.
Jul 6, 2013 5:04PM
Why is it that UT and TX have most of the cities on this list, and no Northeast cities are represented whatsoever? Perhaps they are accounting for cheap real estate, COL.
Jul 6, 2013 4:56PM
Remember ?  Booming does not mean better.  I like the better places.
Jul 6, 2013 1:32PM
who comes up with these lists and based upon what criteria???
Jul 6, 2013 12:31PM
Starter homes are one million plus on Mercer Island and it is as snooty as a city can get -- nothing about it is welcoming unless you are a multimillionaire.

Much better places are Burien, WA or Renton, Bellevue, Kirkland, or Newcastle. You picked places way out in horrible traffic areas that will not offer any quality of life if the person has to commute to Seattle or Bellevue for work. 
Jul 6, 2013 12:27PM
Cottage Lake is not a city and is in between Woodinville and Duvall in a terrible congester traffic area. Nothing about it is like Leave It To Beaver. If you want that look at Mukillteo. Do some real research next time. Maple Valley and Sammamish are also in terrible congested traffic spots and not near anything. 
Jul 6, 2013 10:25AM
y'all got it all wrong, think you are prejudice frootloops, plus Austin is NOT snooty, nor uppity, just good friendly folks
Jul 6, 2013 10:20AM
You could not pay me to live in LA.
Crime is their biggest business.

Jul 6, 2013 5:39AM

What happened to the fastest growing state in the union? Texas is one of the less expensive superior state, you get more bang for your buck. Your choices don't pass the smell test! Rich or Poor you can live here and find a job!

Yellow journalism...

Jun 26, 2013 3:20PM
Cooper City doesn't belong on that list.
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