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Type of Government

  • Council-Manager form of Government

Location

    Aerial view of Kenmore, WA.
  • North of Seattle in King County, Washington.
  • 7.8-miles of shoreline along Sammamish River, Swamp Creek and Lake Washington.
  • Centrally located between I-5 and I-405, and along SR 522.
  • Exceptional location to major employment centers including aerospace, technology and universities.

Demographics

  • Residential population: 23,320 in 2019.
  • Median age: 39.1 years (median in King County is 35.7).
  • Average household income: $98,369.
  • Median income: $76,932 (median in King County is $67,806).
  • College degree: 47 percent of residents.

Workforce and Employers

  • Labor force: 11,946 people.
  • Unemployment: 6.1 percent.
  • Small business count: 489 (including many multi-generational companies, such as Kenmore Air, Plywood Supply, and Kenmore Camera, the largest photography equipment store on the west coast north of L.A.).
  • Education: 47 percent at bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Largest employer: Bastyr University.

Housing

    Bicycle riders enjoying a nice bike ride together.
  • Houses: 7,488 (7,251 occupied: 5,143 owner-occupied, 2,108 renter-occupied).
  • Housing density: 1,214 houses/condos per square mile.
  • Median house/condo value: $460,444 (median in King County is $402,500).
  • Median gross rent: $922 (median in King County is $641).
  • Attractive neighborhoods, many with lake views and mid-century architecture.

Transportation

  • Accessible by vehicles, buses, boats, seaplanes or bikes.
  • Easy less than 15-mile drive to downtown Seattle or Bellevue.
  • No bridge toll fees required to reach Seattle, Bellevue or Redmond via I-405 or I-5.
  • Burke-Gilman Trail provides major route for recreational and commuter cyclists.
  • Excellent transportation service available from Sound Transit, Metro Transit, Park-and-Ride facilities, on-street parking and bus-only lanes on SR 522.
  • International air travel directly from the waterfront through Kenmore Air.
  • Less than 15 miles to Paine Field or 30 miles to SeaTac International Airport.
  • Less than 10 miles to University of Washington Seattle campus, and 4 miles from the University of Washington Bothell campus. 

Crime Rate

  • 17.8 major crimes per 1,000 people – one of the lowest in Washington state.

Community Assets

    Bastyr Turtle Courtyard Teaching
  • Business and citizen-friendly, award-winning City Hall, anchoring a walkable downtown core.
  • Innovative Town Square and Hangar community building.
  • Walk Friendly Community - Bronze Level.
  • Designated as a "Playful City USA" since 2010.
  • Seven city parks with open space, picnic areas and play structures, with major improvements underway through 2022.
  • Burke-Gilman Trail, a regional 18-mile paved, off-road walking, running, and biking path.
  • Saint Edward State Park, a 316-acre day-use park, which features Saint Edward Seminary, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Home to Bastyr University, the nation’s premier natural health sciences university which includes: 65-foot reflexology footpath – the first in North America; athletic fields; medicinal herb garden with tours; educational classes open to the public; and Bastyr Chapel – an acoustic gem.
  • Newly renovated boat launch for public water recreation – Kenmore has the only boat launches in north Lake Washington.
  • Historic Inglewood Golf Club.
  • Engaged and aspirational community.

Public School System (Northshore School District)

  • 20 elementary schools, six middle schools and three high schools.
  • Placed on the College Board’s 2nd Annual AP District Honor Roll.
  • Earned Washington Achievement award in 2011-2012.
  • On-time graduation rate of 94.2 percent.
  • STEM and arts-focused before-and-after-school programs.
  • Inglemoor High School ranked on Newsweek and the U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 lists of schools that best prepare students for college.
  • Highest rate of International Baccalaureate graduates in the state.

University and Institutions

    Station 51
  • Home to Bastyr University, the top natural health sciences university and research institute in the U.S. and the city’s largest employer.
  • Convenient, central location between the University of Washington's Seattle campus and the UW satellite campus and the co-located Cascadia Community College in Bothell.
  • Minutes away from Evergreen Hospital Medical Center and Swedish Edmonds Hospital.

City Health

  • Active economic development program recruiting technology, healthcare, natural health and startup businesses to an enhanced downtown core.
  • New businesses supported through city-led Business Incubator Program.
  • Newly built LEED Certified Gold Kenmore City Hall, Kenmore Library and the Fire District Headquarters.
  • $80 million invested in major streetscape and intersection improvements along SR 522.