Introduction to Issaquah, Washington

Issaquah, Washington, in King County, is 9 miles E of Renton, Washington (center to center) and 14 miles E of Seattle, Washington. The city is considered part of the Seattle - Bellevue - Everett metropolitan area. Issaquah has a population of 11,212.

Issaquah History

Issaquah was originally inhabited by Native Americans. In fact, the area derived its name from a local Native American whose name meant "the sound of birds." Coal was discovered in the area in 1862. The mining of coal increased after the railroad arrived in the city in the late 1880s. Issaquah was officially incorporated on April 29, 1892.

Issaquah and nearby Attractions

  • Lake Sammamish State Park
  • Gilman Town Hall
  • Cougar Mountain Zoological Park
  • Issaquah Depot Museum
  • Newcastle Beach Park
  • Museum of Flight

Things To Do In Issaquah

During your stay in Issaquah, you can visit Gilman Village, Cougar Mountain Zoo, and Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Boating and fishing can be enjoyed on Round Lake, Lake Sammamish, and Tradition Lake. To explore the history of the city, you can visit the Issaquah Historical Society Depot Museum and Issaquah Historical Society Museum. It is also worth visiting the Illusionz Magical Entertainment Center. The Bellevue Aquatic Center and KidsQuest Interactive Museum are nearby.

Issaquah Transportation

International flights are available from Boeing Field/King County International Airport.

Issaquah Higher Education

Trinity Lutheran College is the local college. Bellevue Community College and Renton Technical College are also close to the city.


Total Population 33,682
Male Share of the Population 46.8%
Female Share of the Population 53.2%
Senior Citizens 11.9%
Employed Population 16+ 17,074
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 58.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 60.8%
Median Earnings25+ $64,239
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,714
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,023


Median Family Income $121,121
% Above Poverty Level 94.1%
% Below Poverty Level 5.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 7.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 7.1%


People Living Alone 30.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,533
Median House Value $446,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 32.9%
US/American 0.3%
English 10.8%
Irish 11.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Issaquah Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles E of Renton, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 14 miles E of Seattle, Washington
County King
Standard Zip Codes 98027, 98029, 98075
Phone Area Codes 425
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 47.53
Longitude -122.031

Issaquah Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 9.3 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 46 F
Apr Temp 39 to 58 F
Jul Temp 52 to 74 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 62 inches
Station KENT
Distance 12.9 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 47 F
Apr Temp 42 to 61 F
Jul Temp 55 to 77 F
Oct Temp 44 to 62 F
Annual Precip 39.5 inches
Distance 14 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 55 to 75 F
Oct Temp 46 to 60 F
Annual Precip 37 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Issaquah, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Coal Creek (98027)

Newport Hills (98006)

Pine Lake (98027)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beaux Arts Village 333 $167,500
Maple Valley 24,682 $107,338
Newcastle 10,994 $142,188
Renton 97,234 $76,324
Sammamish 50,163 $155,520
Snoqualmie 12,115 $132,140

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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700 2ND AVE SE
Serves 1,533 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24

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Serves 110 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

A Non-traditional School
Serves 14 students.

A Special Education School
Serves 12 students.

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