We are considering relocating from Southern California to a city in the Eastern Washington. Currently, the focus city is Liberty Lake, WA.  Below is the hard data between the city we would be leaving (Santa Clarita) vs the city we would be relocating to (Liberty Lake).

We recently visited this community (during summer months) and the soft data is positive as well. The look and feel was positive for the entire family. We will try to visit again in the winter at some point to see if we get the same sense during the cold and snow.

More to come…

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Cost of Living

Santa Clarita Liberty Lake
Overall  135 110
Food  110 93
Housing  204 147
Utilities  115 83
Transportation 112 99
Health  111 104
Misc  103 98

100 = national average
Source: http://www.bestplaces.net

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Taxes

Santa Clarita Liberty Lake
Sales Tax  9.0%  8.7%
Income Tax 7.0%  0.0%
Property Tax  1.15% 1.5%

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Weather

Santa Clarita Liberty Lake
(Spokane)
Avg. Rainfall (yearly, inches)  13.96  16.5
Avg. Snowfall (yearly, inches)  0  46.2
Avg. High Temp (F)  78.3  57.6
Avg. Low Temp (F)  44.1  38.6

Source: Wikipedia.org

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Crime

Santa Clarita Liberty Lake
Murder  1.2 0.0
Rape  11.1 0.0
Robbery  74.5 14.4
Assault  156.0 14.4
Buglary 371.3 187.1
Theft  1,183.8  806.1
Vehicle Theft  268.3  143.9

per 100,000 – 2008
Source: http://www.city-data.com

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Population Data

Santa Clarita Liberty Lake
Population  177,601  7,634
Med Home Value  $405,757 $271,412
Med Rental Price  $1,361  $895
Med Household Income  $83,579 $84,094
Per Capita Income  $33,322 $34,719

Source: http://www.neighborhoodscout.com

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