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  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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Kirkland is a suburb of Seattle with a population of 86,772. Kirkland is in King County and is one of the best places to live in Washington. Living in Kirkland offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Kirkland there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Kirkland and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Kirkland are highly rated.
About Kirkland...
Population
86,772

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$522,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,644
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%
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Kirkland Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    38.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    27
    40.7
  • Robbery
    18
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    259.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,939.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    254.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    22%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    38%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Kirkland

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$104,319
National
$55,322
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Kirkland Reviews

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When of Kirkland greatest points is its location. Near the water, and close to Seattle, but not too close! Commute to Seattle in the morning is about 25-30 minutes. One of the cons to Kirkland is its average price point. Similar to Seattle pricing without the Seattle wage. Most of its residents work for companies like Microsoft and Amazon, so it makes the housing for them affordable. However as a student, it makes it near impossible to live here. Another great thing Kirkland is the daily life. Lots of coffee shops spread around, and downtown is a a great and communal place to meet with friends and coworkers alike. Kirkland is a beautiful place to live, and while it is close to Seattle, its mostly suburban and keeps up with a smaller town vibe.
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Kirkland is a positive community with an excellent academic, personal, and professional environment. Since moving to the area from more rural Snohomish WA last year, I am pleased to find my commute to Seattle is quite easy, as I live close to public transportation and a major freeways. This makes accessing the relaxed but ever-present night life and family events on-the-town that much easier and fun to be close to. Great neighborhoods all around. Good schools. Definitely an area I want to stick around when I raise a family in the coming years.
I love Kirkland. It's almost like a pacific northwest beach town. It reminds me of my days in Laguna Beach, CA, just not as hot in the winter, and the leaves turn colors in the fall! It has a ton of coffee shops, little cute restaurants, nail salons, fitness centers, hair salons, and clothing boutiques. It's always popping with people and so lively. They hold tons of wine walks and festivals. Best part - it's on the water. Lots of people paddle board or take their yachts out.