Kirkland

 

Kirkland is a city in King CountyWashington, United States. It is a suburb of Seattle on the Eastside (of Lake Washington). The population was 48,787 at the 2010 census, which made it the 9th largest city in King County and the 20th largest city in the state.[4] Effective June 1, 2011, Kirkland added approximately 33,000 residents by annexation, making it the 6th largest city in King County and the 12th largest in the state.[5]

Features of the city include the unique downtown waterfront (the only Eastside downtown frontage along Lake Washington’s shoreline),[6] with restaurants, art galleries, a 400 seat performing arts center, public parks, including beaches, and a collection of public art, primarily bronze sculptures.

Kirkland is the former home of the Seattle Seahawks; the NFL team’s headquarters and training facility were located in Kirkland for its first 32 seasons. The Seahawks moved to the new 19-acre (77,000 m2Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton on August 18, 2008. Warehouse chainCostco previously had its headquarters in Kirkland (now in Issaquah); the city is the namesake of its “Kirkland Signature” store brand. Google has a development office in Kirkland; see List of companies based in Kirkland, Washington.

Parks

Marina Park in Kirkland

During the summer, local residents of neighboring cities flock to Kirkland to visit Kirkland’s many waterfront parks on Lake Washington. Kirkland has neighborhood parks as well, contains a corner of Saint Edward State Park, and abuts the equestrian Bridle Trails State Park. The waterfront parks are linked by a paved trail which is open till dusk. Juanita Bay Park is another major park in Kirkland, and is a tourist attraction.

Non-motorized transportation

In 2006, Kirkland was the first city in Washington to adopt a Complete Streets ordinance,[21][22][23] whereby pedestrian and bicycle facilities are addressed as a part of all road construction and improvement planning projects.

Kirkland passed an Active Transportation Plan in 2009 specifically targeting improvements to pedestrian, bicycle, and equestrian facilities.[24]

Arts and entertainment

Kirkland had a thriving gallery district downtown until recent years when all but three galleries closed or moved away. The Kirkland Performance Center hosts a number of performing arts events.

The Kirkland Arts Center, located in the historic Peter Kirk Building on Market Street, provides classes, workshops and community-oriented gallery space.

Kirkland has numerous bars, nightclubs and dance clubs.

Kirkland hosted the annual Kirkland Concours d’Elegance at Carillon Point until 2011, attracting vintage and classic automobiles from across the country.

Geography and climate

Kirkland is located at 47°41′9″N 122°11′30″W (47.685821, -122.191729).[26] It is bordered to the west by Lake Washington, to the east by Redmond, to the south by Bellevue, and to the north byKenmoreWoodinville, and Bothell.

Kirkland is accessible via Interstate 405, which connects it with other Eastside cities, including Bellevue, Renton, and Bothell. Seattle, which is west of Kirkland, as well as Redmond to the east, are both accessible through State Highway 520.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.0 square miles (28.5 km²), of which, 10.7 square miles (27.7 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) of it (3.00%) is water. The elevation varies from 14 to 500 feet (150 m) above sea level.

Kirkland’s average temperature is 46.8 °F, and the average annual precipitation 38.6 inches (980 mm).

Demographics

The median income for a household in the city was $60,332, and the median income for a family was $73,395. Males had a median income of $50,691 versus $39,737 for females. The per capita income for the city was $38,903. Based on per capita income, Kirkland ranks 14 out of 522 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked. About 3.9% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.In the city the population was spread out with 18.5% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 38.1% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.8 males.

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