City Data & Demographics

Location

  • Just north of Seattle in King County, Washington

  • 7.8-miles of shoreline along Sammamish River, Swamp Creek and Lake Washington

  • Centrally located between I-5 and I-405, and along SR 522

  • Exceptional location to major employment centers including aerospace, technology and universities

 

Demographics

  • Residential population: 22,320 in 2016.

  • Median age: 39.5 years (median in King County is 35.7)

  • Average household income: $94,000

  • Median income: $76,932 (median in King County is $67,806)

  • College degree: 47 percent of residents

 

Workforce and Employers

  • Labor force: 11,946 people

  • Unemployment: 6.1 percent

  • Small business count: 489 (including many multi-generational companies, such as Kenmore Air, Plywood Supply, and Kenmore Camera, the largest photography equipment store on the west coast north of L.A.)

  • Education: 47 percent at bachelor’s degree or higher

  • Largest employer: Bastyr University

 

Housing

  • Houses: 7,488 (7,251 occupied: 5,143 owner-occupied, 2,108 renter-occupied)

  • Housing density: 1,214 houses/condos per square mile

  • Median house/condo value: $409,064 (median in King County is $402,500)

  • Median gross rent: $922 (median in King County is $641)

  • Attractive neighborhoods, many with lake views and mid-century architecture

 

Transportation

  • Accessible by vehicles, buses, boats, seaplanes or bikes

  • 25 minute drive to downtown Seattle, 25 minutes to Bellevue

  • No bridge toll fees required to reach Seattle, Bellevue or Redmond

  • Burke-Gilman Trail provides major route for recreational and commuter cyclists

  • Excellent transportation service available from Sound Transit, Metro Transit, Park-and-Ride facilities, on-street parking and bus-only lanes on SR 522

  • International air travel directly from the waterfront through Kenmore Air

  • 35 minutes to SeaTac International Airport

  • 20 minutes to University of Washington Seattle campus, and minutes away from the University of Washington Bothell campus

 

Crime Rate

  • 17.8 major crimes per 1,000 people – one of lowest in Washington state

 

Community Assets

  • Town Square and Hangar community building

  • Walk Friendly Community - Bronze Level

  • Designated as a "Playful City USA" since 2010

  • Seven city parks with open space, picnic areas and play structures

  • Burke-Gilman Trail, a regional 18-mile paved, off-road facility

  • Saint Edward State Park, a 316-acre day-use park, which features Saint Edward Seminary, listed on the National Register for Historic Places

  • Home to Bastyr University, the nation’s premier natural health sciences university which includes: 65-foot reflexology footpath – the first in North America; athletic fields; medicinal herb garden with tours; educational classes open to the public; and Bastyr Chapel – an acoustic gem

  • Newly renovated boat launch for public water recreation – Kenmore has the only boat launches in north Lake Washington

  • Historic Inglewood Golf Club

  • Engaged and aspirational community

 

Public School System (Northshore School District)

  • 20 elementary schools, six junior highs and three high schools

  • Placed on the College Board’s 2nd Annual AP District Honor Roll

  • Earned Washington Achievement award in 2011-2012

  • On-time graduation rate of 91.4 percent

  • STEM and arts-focused before-and-after-school programs

  • Inglemoor High School ranked on Newsweek and the U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 lists of schools that best prepare students for college

  • Highest rate of International Baccalaureate graduates in the state

 

University and Institutions

  • Home to Bastyr University, the top natural health sciences university and research institute in the U.S. and the city’s largest employer

  • Convenient, central location between the University of Washington's Seattle campus and the UW satellite campus and the co-located Cascadia Community College in Bothell

  • Minutes away from Evergreen Hospital Medical Center and Swedish Edmonds Hospital

 

City Health

  • Active economic development program recruiting technology, healthcare, natural health and startup businesses to an enhanced downtown core

  • 9.6-acre Kenmore Village redevelopment in progress

  • Minimal municipal debt and no B&O tax

  • New businesses supported through city-led Business Incubator Program

  • Newly built LEED Certified Gold Kenmore City Hall, Kenmore Library and the Fire District Headquarters

  • $80 million invested in major streetscape and intersection improvements along SR 522

 

Last updated: Thu, 09/21/2017 - 5:20pm