Introduction to Lake Forest Park, Washington

Lake Forest Park, Washington is 2 miles E of Shoreline, Washington (center to center) and 10 miles N of Seattle, Washington. It is in King county. The city is part of the Seattle - Bellevue - Everett metro area. The population of Lake Forest Park is 13,142.

Lake Forest Park History

Lake Forest Park is among the earliest planned communities in the Seattle area. Ole Hanson and A.H. Reid established it in 1912. They intended it to be a picturesque retreat for professionals, and developers strived to preserve the natural landmarks of the area. It was officially incorporated in June 1961 and continued to exist as a small town until the 1990s. This is when it expanded its borders through a series of annexations.

Lake Forest Park and nearby Attractions

  • Lake Washington
  • Burke Gilman Trail
  • Third Place Commons
  • Nordic Heritage Museum
  • Saint Edward State Park
  • Edmonds Arts Festival Museum

Things To Do In Lake Forest Park

Lake Forest Park has several parks, playgrounds, streams, and wetlands. There are a couple of beach clubs on Lake Washington which offer lake and boat ramp facilities. The Burke Gilman Trail runs along the lakeshore and connects Puget Sound with the foothills of Cascade Range. The city also provides opportunities for shopping and dining. The Third Place Commons is a popular hangout area which also serves as the venue for various special events and programs.

Lake Forest Park Transportation

Boeing Field/King County International is a few minutes away.

Lake Forest Park Higher Education

Edmonds Community College, Lake Washington Technical College, and Seattle Community College are nearby.


Total Population 13,059
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 18.5%
Employed Population 16+ 6,599
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 60.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 55.7%
Median Earnings25+ $59,386
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $40,357
Median Earnings With High School Degree $46,522


Median Family Income $117,119
% Above Poverty Level 94%
% Below Poverty Level 6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 8.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 9%


People Living Alone 22.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,260
Median House Value $439,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20%
US/American 0%
English 16.9%
Irish 14.8%

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

Lake Forest Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles E of Shoreline, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 10 miles N of Seattle, Washington
County King
Standard Zip Codes 98155
Phone Area Codes 206
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 47.756
Longitude -122.279

Lake Forest Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.3 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 16.1 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 46 F
Apr Temp 41 to 58 F
Jul Temp 54 to 73 F
Oct Temp 43 to 60 F
Annual Precip 37.5 inches
Distance 20.2 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, Lake Forest Park, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Forest Park (98155)

North City (98155)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bothell 41,207 $101,872
Brier 6,443 $112,574
Kenmore 21,575 $102,262
Mountlake Terrace 20,521 $74,170
Shoreline 54,774 $85,308
Woodway 1,337 $181,458

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

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