We love island living! But we’re not the only ones.
Money Magazine ranked Bainbridge Island #2 in its 2005 Best Places to Live list of 10 Great American Towns and Nerdwallet placed Bainbridge in the Top 5 Best Towns to Raise Kids in Washington.
Top public schools (statewide and nationwide), beautiful forest and waterfront land, a low crime rate and a marvelous “small town feel” (but with close proximity to Seattle), all add up to a winning combination of features that create a lifestyle most families cherish.
Other recent city awards include:
- Bainbridge listed in Top 5 Best Towns in Washington for Raising Kids
- Bainbridge Island’s Farmers’ Market Ranked #62 of 101 Best U.S. Farmers’ Markets
- Bainbridge Island Named Digital Capital of Washington!
- The 50 Safest Cities in Washington – Bainbridge Island is #7
- Bloedel Reserve Nominated Top 20 Public Garden in USA
- BIMA America’s Best Small Town Museums
While islanders can drive off the northwest side across the Agate Pass Bridge and farther into Kitsap County, the island is a short, 35-minute ferry ride west from Seattle, allowing almost half of all residents to effortlessly sail to work.
You get all the benefits of your “big city” job but once at home, you can relish the peaceful community of the island.
Or skip the commute and work from home. Islanders are savvy internet users and appreciate its power as a business tool. In 2013, Bainbridge was named “Digital Capital of Washington.”
Interested in the outdoors? Islanders are.
Bainbridge has small and large parks, forest and town trails, horseback riding, boating, kayaking and paddleboarding.
On those infrequent times when the temps drop and snow sticks, kids and adults head for the island’s hills to sled. Just don’t be surprised when you see a cross-country skier pass by in downtown Winslow!
Maybe town life, culture and community is more your thing. In that case, you’ll appreciate Bainbridge’s thriving downtown area with shops, art galleries, stage and movie theaters and award-winning restaurants.
Our downtown hosts a monthly First Friday Art Walk, a Ladies’ Night Out, a Grand Old Fourth of July parade and many more activities all year long that lean heavy towards an irresistible “small town charm.”
Bainbridge Island has something for everyone. Come see for yourself!