Seattle isn’t just a great city in itself, it’s also surrounded by a wealth of great suburbs, with their own identities. In this blog we’ll look a little northeast to the small community of Kirkland.
Located on the east coast of Lake Washington, Kirkland is bordered to the south by Bellevue, the east by Redmond, and the north by Bothell, Kenmore, and Woodinville. Kirkland has the only waterfront downtown area on Lake Washington.
Founded by Peter Kirk in the late 1800’s as ‘The Pittsburgh of the West’, Kirkland has thankfully evolved out of that nickname, and today the prominent industry is tech such as Google and Microsoft. The average median household income in Kirkland is $60,332, and the city’s average per capita income ranks 14th in the state. Kirkland has less than 100,000 residents, but is the 6th largest city in Washington.
Kirkland was the first city in Washington to adopt a Complete Streets ordinances, wherein pedestrian and bicycle concerns are included with all road planning. The city also has a wealth of parks, both on the lake and within the city. The Bridle Trails equestrian park and Juanita Bay Park are two of Kirkland’s most popular outdoor attractions.
Culturally, Kirkland is home to great family-owned restaurants, and has its own nightlife scene, complete with its own comedy club, Laughs in Kirkland. The Kirkland Performance Center brings national talent to the city, and the iconic Peter Kirk building is home to the Kirkland Arts Center, which serves the community with both workshops and gallery space.
If the name Kirkland already sounds familiar to you, it may be because of Costco’s signature brand, which is indeed in reference to the city. Costco headquarters called Kirkland home for a few years.
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