The city of Kirkland, Washington is located on the Eastside of Lake Washington and is a suburb of Seattle. It is the only city on Lake Washington that boasts a lakeside downtown which adds a lot to the city's ambiance. The population of the city in 2006 was 46,476 and it is the nineteenth largest city in Washington.

Kirkland is located North of Bellevue and it is accessed by the Interstate 405 and State Route 520. Off of the I-405, the NE 85th Street exit serves the downtown.  Off of SR 520, motorists take the Lake Washington exit and head North to Kirkland.


Incorporated  in 1905, Kirkland encompasses the following neighborhoods: South Juanita, Totem Lake, Highlands, Norkirk, Market, Highlands, North Rose Hill, South Rose Hill, Moss Bay, Everest, Central Houghton, Lakeview,  and Bridle Trails. In the future, the neighborhoods of Finn Hill, North Juanita and Kingsgate may be annexed.


Kirkland is part of the highly-acclaimed Lake Washington School District and is home to the following High Schools: Juanita High, Lake Washington High, B.E.S.T. High, Puget Sound Adventist Academy. Northwest University and Lake Washington Technical College are both located in Kirkland.

Notable Residents

Notable residents include Deb Caletti, author and National Book Award finalist who attended Lake Washington High, JoAnne Carner, pro golfer, Iikka Keränen, computer game designer and Peter Kirk, businessman and city founder.

Major Employers

Kirkland has a diverse business community. Microsoft and Google both have development offices in the city. Bungie Studios, maker of computer games including Halo, marathon, Myth and Oni, is also located there. Costco previously had their headquarters in the city, hence the "Kirkland Signature Brand." The Seattle Seahawks, until recently, had their training camp in the city.


The downtown district is home to many fine art galleries, distinctive shops and dining. The city boasts many beaches and scenic parks. The Kirkland Performance Center is s a 450 seat theater with plays and concerts including notable musicians such as Bobby McFerrin and George Winston.  The city has a wealth of public art, most in the form of bronze statues. Bridle Trails State Park is also located  in Kirkland.