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Kirkland is a suburb of Seattle with a population of 85,812. Kirkland is in King County and is one of the best places to live in Washington. Living in Kirkland offers residents a suburban 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
85,812

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$469,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,517
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
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
    283
  • Murder
    1
    6
  • Rape
    27
    41
  • Robbery
    18
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    260
    500
  • Theft
    1,939
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    254
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$95,939
National
$55,322
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    21%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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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.
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Kirkland is a quaint area east of Seattle. It's right on the water, and when you have that rare sunny day that occasionally occurs in the pacific NW, it truly feels like a California beach town! There are tons of shops and restaurants right on Lake Washington, and on those sunny days, you'll find plenty of people swimming, stand-up paddle boarding and just lounging at a park. It's big enough to not get bored and also just 15-20 mis away from Seattle. But if you need to escape, you can also drive as little as 20 minutes to some great hiking trails that make you feel like you're in the middle of a forest!
As a new resident of Kirkland I've enjoyed getting to explore the community and find ways to become engaged. The downtown is beautiful and has many local shops that are fun to explore, but what I really love is the numerous parks that are dotted throughout the city! Dogs seems to be welcome just about everywhere, and there are lots of cycling paths for bicyclist. Its been pretty easy to navigate by bike since there are plenty of bike lanes, but I would avoid getting to close the the 405 since the bike lanes merge with the car lane and things can get crazy!