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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    B+
Kirkland is a suburb of Seattle with a population of 88,079. 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
88,079

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$607,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,776
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    37%
  • Own
    63%
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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
    64.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    29
    40.7
  • Robbery
    18.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    320.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,712.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    198.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 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
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$109,715
National
$55,322
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Kirkland Reviews

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Kirkland is my home; I've lived here since birth. The city is clean, well taken care of, and above all, gorgeous. I absolutely love the amount of things to do here! The downtown area always has events going on and is perfect to grab a quick snack or simply just hang out in with friends or family. One of my favorite things to do is going to downtown and walking around the Marina with a treat from Sirena's Gelato, Lady Yum Macrons, WOW WOW Lemonade, or Shake Shack Fries; the options for food here are endless! The farmers markets in the summer are also a highlight. The schools and people in Kirkland are also amazing; I've met so many awesome people here and my education through the public schools has been amazing. Furthermore, every single neighborhood here is perfect for family and kids. I've really enjoyed riding my bike safely around my neighborhood and stopping to talk to people along the way. I wouldn't trade living here for anything.
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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.
It is a nice suburban area. It is close to Seattle, and Bellevue. It is pretty expensive here, considering housing and food costs. I ordered an acai bowl and it was $12. Kind of unreasonable since they are available for $7 many other places. The people are very nice here, almost suspiciously to be honest. Its well-maintained and full of trees and the occasional palm tree. The high school, Lake Washington, is pretty close and well-ranked. Overall, its pretty chill compared to the bustling city of Seattle, but its also centralized to business.