Camas in ‘top 20 best places to raise a family’ list

City rated highest in Clark County

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Camas recently rated 15th out of 111 Washington cities for "Family Life and Fun" in an online WalletHub list of best places to raise a family in Washington State. Pictured here is an arts and crafts event for children, part of the April 7 Camas First Friday festivities. Despite a windstorm earlier in the day, many still showed up for the First Friday "Spring into History" activities.

Two years after Family Circle magazine named it one of the nation’s “10 Best Towns for Families,” Camas is back on the radar as an excellent place to raise children.

This time, the city is on a list of “Top 20 Washington Cities for Raising a Family,” released last week by the personal finance website WalletHub.

The online financial-advice group compared more than 100 Washington cities and looked at things like median family income, school quality and housing affordability to come up with its list of the state’s top places for raising a family.

Camas ranked No. 14 and was the only Clark County city to make the “Top 20” list.

“We know this is a great place to be and a great place to raise a family. That’s why so many of us chose to live here,” Camas Mayor Scott Higgins, himself a Camas native and product of the Camas school system, told The Post-Record in 2014, after the city placed in the “10 Best Towns for Families” list.

The WalletHub analysts looked at family-specific metrics to come up with their list, and ranked Camas 15th out of 111 Washington cities in the “Family Life and Fun” category, which looked at things like the number of playgrounds and family-friendly attractions a city offered, as well as average commute time for parents and the number of families with children younger than 18.

Other Washington State cities that placed in WalleHub’s “Top 20” list of best places to raise a family included West Richland (No. 1), Sammamish (No. 2) and Snoqualmie (No.3), but Camas was the only Clark County city named.

To see the full list, along with an explanation of the analysts’ methodology, visit and click on the “Articles & Studies” link at the bottom of the page.