Introduction to Sammamish, Washington

Sammamish, Washington, in King county, is 6 miles E of Bellevue, Washington (center to center) and 12 miles E of Seattle, Washington. The city is included in the Seattle - Bellevue - Everett metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 34,104 people lived in Sammamish.

Sammamish History

Sammamish Plateau existed as an unincorporated part of King County through most of its history. A vote to join neighboring Issaquah was held in 1991 but failed. The following year saw another unsuccessful effort, this time for incorporation. Shortly after, there was a renewed movement for cityhood, driven by the frustration over the development policies of the county government. This effort was approved by voters in 1998, and Sammamish was officially incorporated in August 1999.

Sammamish and nearby Attractions

  • Alexander Beach
  • Lake Sammamish State Park
  • Sahalee Country Club
  • Beaver Lake Preserve
  • Ebright Creek Park
  • Sammamish Commons

Things To Do In Sammamish

There are plenty of opportunities for water recreation at Lake Sammamish and Lake Sammamish State Park. The city is full of greenery with scenic woods and hiking trails. Golf enthusiasts will be delighted with the world class facilities offered at Sahalee Country Club and Plateau Club. The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra has local artists as well as the neighborhood performing five concerts every year.

Sammamish Transportation

It takes a short drive to reach Boeing Field/King County International Airport.

Sammamish Higher Education

Bellevue Community College, City University, Renton Technical College, and Seattle University provide opportunities for higher education.


Total Population 50,163
Male Share of the Population 49.7%
Female Share of the Population 50.3%
Senior Citizens 6.9%
Employed Population 16+ 23,188
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 73.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 73%
Median Earnings25+ $93,502
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $33,487
Median Earnings With High School Degree $40,496


Median Family Income $155,520
% Above Poverty Level 97.1%
% Below Poverty Level 2.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 9.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 5.7%


People Living Alone 8.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,925
Median House Value $609,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 34.6%
US/American 0.1%
English 12.2%
Irish 10.2%

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

Sammamish Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles E of Bellevue, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 12 miles E of Seattle, Washington
County King
Standard Zip Codes 98074, 98075
Phone Area Codes 425
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 47.641
Longitude -122.079

Sammamish Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 8.5 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 16.4 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
Station STARTUP 1 E
Distance 22.9 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 47 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 52 to 76 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 65.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beaux Arts Village 333 $167,500
Bellevue 134,630 $109,961
Hunts Point 508 $193,125
Kirkland 84,721 $112,374
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/.

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Sammamish High Schools

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1122 228TH AVE SE
Serves 1,699 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.6

400 228TH NE
Serves 1,267 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.6

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