Forbes and Greatschools.org combined to study the best cities in the U.S. for educational and lifestyle qualities. Based on school rankings, test scores, and availability of recreation activities, Mercer Island came in at the number 2 position.
While many of the cities in the rankings had much lower median home prices, Mercer Island’s $700k median was second only to Manhattan Beach, CA ($1.3 million). Mercer Island real estate is certainly more expensive than many areas of Greater Seattle, but the locals know that they’re paying for a high-quality lifestyle and superb educational opportunities. Specifically cited in the story were Mercer Island students’ outstanding SAT scores and extra-curricular activities including music, tennis, swimming, and water polo. The island’s 40 miles of trails and 400 acres of parks and open space make up a large portion of the 10-square mile island’s environment.
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