Introduction to Kirkland, Washington

Kirkland, Washington, in King county, is 4 miles N of Bellevue, Washington (center to center) and 7 miles NE of Seattle, Washington. The people of the city are in the Seattle - Bellevue - Everett metropolitan area. Kirkland has a population of 45,054.

Kirkland History

Native Americans inhabited this area before the arrival of English settlers in the late 1860s. The McGregor and Popham families were the earliest settlers, and they built their homesteads in the area which is now known as Houghton. With the passage of time, more people settled in the area. Towards the end of the 1880s, a small number of farming, boat-building, and logging communities developed in the area. A British-born enterprising businessman, Peter Kirk, came to this area in 1886. He set up the Kirkland Land and Development Company in collaboration with Leigh S.J. Hunt, who was then owner of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The city of Kirkland was founded in 1888.

Kirkland and nearby Attractions

  • Juanita Bay Park
  • Marina Park
  • Bridle Trails State Park
  • Kirkland Performance Center
  • Forbes Lake
  • Peter Kirk Building

Things To Do In Kirkland

The downtown area of the city is located on the lakefront and has several art galleries, restaurants , and a 400-seat performing arts center. The city has several beaches and public parks located along the waterfront. The parks are linked by a paved trail. The city also has an impressive collection of public art, especially bronze sculptures.

Kirkland Transportation

Flights are available from the Boeing Field/King County International Airport.

Kirkland Higher Education

Lake Washington Technical College, Northwest College of The Assemblies of God, City University, and Bellevue Community College offer programs for higher studies.


Total Population 84,721
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 12%
Employed Population 16+ 45,726
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 56%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 56.8%
Median Earnings25+ $57,641
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,698
Median Earnings With High School Degree $37,486


Median Family Income $112,374
% Above Poverty Level 93.7%
% Below Poverty Level 6.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 6.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 8.9%


People Living Alone 30%
Median Gross Rent $1,433
Median House Value $436,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 29.9%
US/American 0.3%
English 12.4%
Irish 10.8%

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

Kirkland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles N of Bellevue, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 7 miles NE of Seattle, Washington
County King
Standard Zip Codes 98033, 98034
P.O. Box Zip Codes 98083
Phone Area Codes 425
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 47.681
Longitude -122.207

Kirkland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 55 to 75 F
Oct Temp 46 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.9 inches
Distance 15.7 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
Distance 23.6 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 45 F
Apr Temp 41 to 59 F
Jul Temp 54 to 75 F
Oct Temp 44 to 60 F
Annual Precip 53.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Houghton (98033)

Juanita (98033, 98034)

Totem Lake (98033, 98034)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bellevue 134,630 $109,961
Clyde Hill 3,150 $203,250
Hunts Point 508 $193,125
Medina 3,120 $209,643
Redmond 57,959 $123,750
Yarrow Point 1,172 $235,417

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

Kirkland Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
12040 NE 128TH STREET
(425) 899-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Kirkland High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

12033 NE 80TH
Serves 1,218 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21

10601 NE 132ND
Serves 1,130 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

11133 NE 65TH ST
A Non-traditional School
Serves 372 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.3

10903 NE 53RD ST
A Non-traditional School
Serves 181 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

10601 NE 132ND
A Non-traditional School
Serves 70 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 35

10903 NE 53RD ST
A Non-traditional School
Serves 25 students.

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