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 49,077
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 6.7%
Employed Population 16+ 22,846
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 72.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 72.5%
Median Earnings25+ $90,202
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $33,026
Median Earnings With High School Degree $42,901


Median Family Income $153,189
% Above Poverty Level 97.1%
% Below Poverty Level 2.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 10.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 5.2%


People Living Alone 9.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,824
Median House Value $586,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 34.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 11.7%
Irish 10.4%

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

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Location Population Median Family Income
Beaux Arts Village 425 $171,250
Bellevue 132,268 $106,002
Hunts Point 487 $167,500
Kirkland 83,320 $110,459
Redmond 56,704 $120,614
Yarrow Point 1,081 $192,500
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Sammamish High Schools

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

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Serves 1,267 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.6

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