Beyond Seattle

Cities of Washington State and Community Information

We have compiled this comprehensive list of Washington cities with links to the cities’ web sites with the goal of useful information that will aid you in your next real estate purchase or home buying needs. The overviews are quotes from the city’s web sites and allow you to hear it directly from those who live there. is always looking for new and up-to-date information so that you can choose the community that is best for you, your family, and for your real estate investment.


“For over 100 years the city of Auburn has been providing visitors and residents with the opportunity to discover why this town is like no other. Auburn is the land of two rivers, home to two nations and spread across two counties. Located between Seattle and Tacoma in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, Auburn is the perfect place to work, play and spend a lifetime. It is a warm, embracing community where people still stop to say hello. Auburn is a community rich in history where you’ll find new businesses mingling with old and a historic downtown getting acquainted with a new, modern facade.”

Bainbridge Island

“As you approach Bainbridge Island, glimpse the quiet harbors and homes along the rocky shoreline and the densely forested hills. This vibrant, diverse community, rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, is ready for you to explore. Located 35 minutes by ferry from Seattle, residents and visitors alike enjoy the Bainbridge Island community. A wonderful combination of farms, winery, hiking trails and local arts, Bainbridge Island welcomes visitors all year around.

While you’re discovering the charms of Bainbridge Island, you’ll surely find your way through the town center, known as Winslow. Despite Bainbridge Island’s growth from a small town of 2 square miles and 3,147 to 23,080 people, the City, with input from the community, has managed to preserve its friendly aura, small town charm, and natural environments.”


“The City of Bellevue is a great place to live, with nearly 100 parks and vibrant neighborhoods. The government continues to make it easier and safer to get around the city, whether you’re in a car, riding a bike or walking. Citizens help make the city a good home by participating in homeowners associations and choosing neighborhood improvement projects worthy of government funding. The Neighborhood Outreach team works closely with residents to connect them with programs, services and resources.”


“On the shores of Bellingham Bay with Mount Baker as its backdrop, Bellingham is the last major city before the Washington coastline meets the Canadian border. The City of Bellingham, which serves as the county seat of Whatcom County, is at the center of a uniquely picturesque area offering a rich variety of recreational, cultural, educational and economic activities.

Bellingham, Washington is about 90 miles north of Seattle, 21 miles south of the Canadian border and about 52 miles south of Vancouver, B.C. The City encompasses about 28 square miles, with north Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands to the west and snow-capped Mount Baker and the North Cascade mountains to the east.

Bellingham residents are passionate about community life. Strategic investments in parks, trails and preserved open spaces offer recreation and respite, and help the community grow gracefully as the population increases. Numerous public/private partnerships support the burgeoning arts and cultural district downtown and elsewhere. Bellingham’s active waterfront hosts a range of marine activities, with significant change on the horizon as area community leaders and residents consider options for development.”


“Uniquely located in the northwest corner of Washington at the Canadian Border, Vancouver, British Columbia, lies 35 miles to the north, while Seattle is 110 miles south. Blaine, the Peace Arch City, is situated on the banks of Drayton Harbor and the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range are 25 miles east with easy access to the Mt. Baker wilderness and Mt. Baker Ski Area.

Blaine offers a mix of housing opportunities ranging from low income to quaint nineteenth century homes to luxury waterfront homes surrounding the Arnold Palmer designed, Semiahmoo Golf Course near the 4 star rated Semiahmoo Resort & Spa. The average home price is $240,000. The harbor reflects the diversity of the town with a mix of watercraft ranging from work boats to yachts. East Blaine features rural residential with mostly 5 acres or more homes and mini farms. South Blaine includes the family resort community of Birch Bay. The population of the entire Blaine area is approximately 11,000, including 4,115 within the city limits. There is no State income tax in Washington and the state sales tax rate is 8.4%. ”


“The beautiful City of Bothell is located approximately 12 miles northeast of Seattle. The City serves citizens through a council committed to open and responsive government. City employees are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality Municipal services.”


“Since our incorporation in 1993, Burien, a 100-year-old community with a rich heritage, has been busy defining and redesigning itself as a vibrant King County city. Our citizens see the City of Burien as a friendly community with well-established neighborhoods and a small-town atmosphere… a community with thriving business areas including Bed & Breakfast Accommodations, and an attractive, and customer-friendly city center.”



“The City was honored by its recognition from Money Magazine as it hit the top 100 best places to live in America! Camas was one of four Washington cities in the top 100. The magazine focused its attention on smaller towns this year that offered the best combination of economic opportunity, good schools, safe streets, things to do, and a real sense of the community.”


Clyde Hill

“Surrounded by other equally fine cities and towns, the City of Clyde Hill has the unique distinction of having spectacular views of Lake Washington, Mount Rainer, the Olympic Mountains, the Cascade Mountain range and the Seattle skyline from its many higher elevations. The City’s park-like towering evergreens and a lush profusion of northwestern foliage on public and private property are the pride of its friendly citizens and a delight to visitors.

Clyde Hill is fortunate to be located within a region that is characterized by remarkable natural beauty. Our proximity to a wide range of outdoor recreation and scenic opportunities is an important part of the quality of life enjoyed by City residents.”


“Covington is located in King County close to the Puget Sound with views of Mount Rainier. As a young city, incorporated in 1997, Covington is proud of its family-oriented, small-town character and diverse commercial opportunities. Covington is committed to being a city where the residents, businesses and civic leaders partner together to maintain a strong sense of peace and community.”

Des Moines

“Des Moines offers an excellent blend of quality homes, natural beauty, and business opportunity – all within minutes of the Seattle and Tacoma metropolitan areas. Our six miles of shoreline include public beaches, natural areas, waterfront parks, a 900-slip marina, fine dining, and a popular boardwalk. Des Moines neighborhoods offer housing of every type and price range-from waterfront mansions to affordable apartments. There are numerous commercial properties ready for redevelopment.”


“In the late 1980’s, the community was faced with land use issues as Pierce County and the Puget Sound region continued to grow. A community plan, the North Hill Plan, was formulated with the support of the Pierce County Council and County administration, together with the residents of the Edgewood community. In 1993, an incorporation effort was launched to provide the community residents with the authority of local control so they could determine their own destiny. The successful vote for incorporation was conducted in April, 1995. In September, 1995, the first City Council elections were held, with the 14 survivors of the primary election meeting in the finals. The seven persons elected – Dan Burgess, Terry Faherty, Rose Hill, Larry Mock, Eric Paige, John Powers and Sandy Schulz – formed the first governing body for the new City of Edgewood. This group selected Terry Faherty, a life-long resident of Edgewood except for his absence due to military duty, as their first Mayor.

Today, the City of Edgewood is approximately 8.9 square miles and home for approximately 9,640 people. Edgewood continues into the 21st century with the hope and aspiration to be a community where the quality of life is maintained for all residents.”


“One of Washington’s most picturesque waterfront communities, Edmonds offers visitors a seaside ambiance and residents an appealing, small-town quality of life.

Established as a logging camp over 100 years ago, Edmonds is now home to a marina and fishing pier, a senior center, and numerous beaches, parks, shops and restaurants. Other amenities include a well-respected school district, comprehensive healthcare through a regional hospital and associated services, churches, and a growing community college.

Edmonds is known regionally as an active arts community. Year-round festivals and events showcase the community’s sense of pride and involvement.

From Edmonds, you can take the train 15 miles south to Seattle or 150 miles north to Vancouver, BC (2010 Olympics). Or ride a ferry across Puget Sound to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula.”


“We’re home to Central Washington University, one of the top ten rodeos in the country and a vibrant downtown noted for its historical buildings.

Located in the center of Washington State, we are only an hour and a half from downtown Seattle and only minutes from world-class outdoor recreation. Big city amenities and small town charm – a combination that’s hard to beat!”


“Enumclaw is located in western Washington State, approximately 45 miles southeast of Seattle, and beautifully situated in the foothills of Mount Rainier. With a current population of 11,220, Enumclaw has retained its small town character while benefiting from the growth of the surrounding region.”


“Everett, Washington, an All-America City, is a rich landscape of choices. Small startups thinking big. Fortune 500 companies delivering larger-than-life innovations. Some of the best salmon and steelhead fishing in the world. Boasting the second-largest marina on the West Coast. Home of the Everett Silvertips ice hockey team, Everett Hawks football team and AquaSox minor league baseball team. Enjoying more than 1,600 acres of beautiful parks, trails and playgrounds and nearly 50 miles of freshwater and saltwater shorelines.”

Federal Way

“The City of Federal Way, Washington, is located between Seattle and Tacoma along the I-5 corridor, with Mt. Rainier to the east and Puget Sound to the west.”


“We are so happy you have chosen to reside in the beautiful City of Fife! You’ll find easy access to everything you need to call Fife home, and we’ve provided the information for you right here. From our generous Library Reimbursement Program to an active and diverse Parks and Recreation offering, Fife is committed to its residents. The award winning Fife School District will provide our children with an excellent education, while local colleges and trade centers provide continuing education for adults.

Inside you’ll find information on everything from city contacts to passport information to community happenings. Our city staff is dedicated to balancing environmentally-friendly community planning with the necessary use and convenience of a growing population. Did you know that the City of Fife is an AWC WellCity?”

Gig Harbor

“Founded in 1888 and Incorporated 1946, Gig Harbor is one of the most picturesque small cities in America, located on Gig Harbor Bay in Puget Sound across the Narrows Bridge from Tacoma.”


“Our community of 24,000+ is conveniently located off the I-90 corridor just 16 miles east of Seattle. As one of the fastest growing communities in Washington, this once logging and mining village has become the northwest destination for living, working, playing and doing business in the 21st Century. Known as the “Issaquah Alps”, Cougar, Tiger & Squak mountains form the natural wonders at the base of the Cascades for boundless opportunities to enjoy outdoor sports and activities. As you can find out below, a Saturday farmer’s market, chocolate factory, zoological park, salmon hatchery and operating trolleys are just a few of the attractions that make Issaquah a must see for visitors.”


“Our beautiful town is located on the north side of Lake Washington, in the northern part of King County.”



“The City of Kent is the fourth largest city in King County, with a culturally rich population of 86,660. It covers a geographic area of 29 square miles. Kent’s population is projected to grow to 100,000 within the next few years!

Conveniently located directly between the cities of Seattle and Tacoma, Kent has several distinct neighborhoods and commercial districts within its boundaries.


“In Kirkland, the waterfront beckons, the parks provide a cool oasis and the charming pedestrian friendly downtown calls out to be explored.

Whether your visit is a day, a week, or a lifetime, time spent in Kirkland is time well spent. Unique shops, world class art galleries and top notch restaurants await you. Enjoy Kirkland, where life is truly an art!”


Lake Forest Park

“The community of Lake Forest Park constitutes three square miles at the north end of Lake Washington. To the south, Lake Forest Park begins at the city limit of Seattle. To the north, Lake Forest Park ends at the Snohomish county line. To the east, the city is bounded by Lake Washington and at 55th Avenue NE where the city of Kenmore begins. The city’s western boundary is at the city of Shoreline’s city limit. Lake Forest Park is a distinctly forested environment,a green oasis just 12 miles from downtown Seattle. The City has been designated a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation.”



“Longview is ideally situated between Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon, offering residents a rural life-style with year-round opportunities for recreation. It is the largest city in Cowlitz County with a population of approximately 35,000.”


“The community profile of Lynnwood represents an entrepreneurial spirit which built the city to the present day center of transportation and commerce. Just behind the hustle of busy arterial streets there are quiet neighborhoods surrounded by trees and shrubbery.

The city offers a wide range of governmental, commercial and educational services. Many federal, regional and state governmental offices have facilities in Lynnwood. Manufacturers and retailers are attracted to the area since it is serviced by major transportation corridors.

Incorporated in 1959, the city covers an area of 7.7 square miles, with more than 34,000 residents and more than 2,500 businesses.

While quality commercial and governmental services are a necessary element of modern day life, the natural features which attracted the original settlers to this area remain the most important attractions for residents.

Less than 20 minutes from Lynnwood, boating, wildlife, white water rivers, salmon fishing, skiing, native timber and Indian culture are a welcome respite to city life. These are the natural features which continue to attract newcomers to our area to this very day.

Regional policies are encouraging the growth and development of the cities, leaving surrounding natural areas protected. Lynnwood increasingly becomes urbanized as growth is funneled into the existing urban growth boundaries.”

Maple Valley

“The City of Maple Valley incorporated August 31, 1997. The City is 5.8 square miles, located east of Kent and Covington, and north of Black Diamond. The average temperature range is from winter lows of 32 degrees/43 degrees highs, to summer lows of 51 degrees/75 degrees highs.

Maple Valley has experienced a rapid population growth in the past several years. The current population is over 17,000 with a likely build-out population projected to be 24,500. Approximately 33% of Maple Valley’s population is made up of youth under the age of 17. Approximately 75% of Maple Valley residents are college graduates. The median household income is $74,781.

The City is served by the Tahoma School District, recognized for its excellence in educated children, excellent bus transportation, and aggressive pursuit of new opportunities for children. Test scores indicate that Tahoma students are among the state’s top 10 percent, on average. The district has one full-service high school, one alternative high school, one junior high school, two middle schools, four elementary schools, and a parent-partnered school.

There is a wide variety of housing available in Maple Valley, including single family, condominiums, and apartments. The average price for a home sold in Maple Valley is around $250,000 for existing homes, higher for new homes.”


“Marysville is a great place to live or visit, Marysville, pop. 36,210, is a vibrant city whose charm is exceeded only by the remarkable people who call it home. While the times are changing, the friendliness and hospitality that recall a simpler era haven’t. Two major social-economic forces have transformed the face of the Marysville area for the better: The influx of sailors and their families stationed at Naval Station Everett, who have added character to our community, a burgeoning retail market in Marysville, and the economic revival of our good neighbors, the Tulalip Tribes, who have provided many jobs through their 227,000-square-foot Tulalip Casino, Quil Ceda Village Business Park, Seattle Premium Outlets, and 13-story destination resort hotel scheduled to open in 2008. In 2006-07, Marysville became a magnet for local and regional shoppers in north Snohomish County with the opening of the 476,000-square-foot Lakewood Crossing off Smokey Point-Lakewood Exit 206, with anchor stores Costco, Target and Best Buy; and Gateway Shopping Center, with anchor tenants Winco Foods and the state’s first Kohl’s department store. Among other notable new commercial openings, American Legend rolled into Marysville in 2006 with construction of the newest Harley-Davidson dealership in Washington. The building is an attraction unto itself, specifically designed after H-D’s original factory in Minnesota. The facility gives riders a meeting place as they explore the backroads of Marysville and the county.

As an economic center, Marysville is well-positioned, and possesses the traits that major employers expect. It offers easy access to I-5, a rail line, waterway, ample infrastructure with its water and sewer service, general aviation airports mere minutes away, strategic location along the northernmost tip of the high technology corridor with available commercial and light industrial-zoned property, a highly-trained and educated workforce, and regulatory consistency. These are the key advantages driving Marysville’s “economy of opportunity” and our emergence as a vigorous employment center.”


“Shortly after Clyde Hill incorporated, the Medina Three Points Committee, together with Professor Edgar Horwood, compiled a 60- page survey on the pro’s and con’s of incorporation. This Committee then made the following recommendations:

“First preference was to incorporate with the Town of Clyde Hill. Second preference was to incorporate separately or collectively with any combination of the communities. Third preference was to incorporate with Bellevue.” In December of 1954, there was a public hearing on the three proposals and according to the Journal American;

“A capacity crowd including representatives from the community clubs of the Three Points, filled the Medina Clubhouse for the meeting. Members voted overwhelmingly against annexation to Bellevue and Clyde Hill.” On July 26, 1955, Medina and Hunts Point residents voted in favor of incorporation. Yarrow Point voters rejected it initially. However, a short time later, in June 1959, they voted in favor of incorporation.

On April 13, 1970, the Medina City Council adopted Resolution No. 100, which established the City’s classification as a non-charter code city with a council-manager form of government.

The City provides general governmental services, which are authorized by state law, including public safety, highways and streets, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, permits and inspections, general administration and storm drainage services.

The City is served by congressional district 1 and legislative district 48.”

Mercer Island

“A recent survey shows that a strong majority of voters give the City of Mercer Island high marks for public safety, road maintenance, upkeep of parks and trails, programs for citizens of all ages, and its use of taxpayer dollars.

The 2006 telephone survey is a “tracking” survey, and updates data first collected in 2004. The tracking survey results were presented at the May 15 City Council Study Session. The purpose of the research is to gauge voter satisfaction with the quality of City services and provide feedback on spending priorities, partly in preparation for the 2007-2008 Budget planning. The tracking survey results show that there continues to be a positive relationship between voters and the City.

When asked about the level of service provided by the City, 81% of voters think the city provides “about the right amount” of services. Several services in particular received high approval ratings:

  • 85 percent indicate that the Mercer Island police department is doing a good or excellent job of preventing crime, protecting the community, and maintaining a visible presence in the community.
  • 95 percent have a favorable or strongly favorable opinion of the Mercer Island Fire Department.
  • 87 percent say that the Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department is doing a good or excellent job of maintaining parks, trails, and open space; and the overall rating for Parks and Recreation has improved several points since 2004.
  • 80 percent indicate that the City is doing a good or excellent job of providing recreation programs for families with children. For those who were aware of the senior programs, these programs were also rated positively.


“Mukilteo is situated on Puget Sound in southern Snohomish County, about 25 miles north of Seattle. This scenic area has views of the Olympic Mountains to the west and the Northern Cascade Mountains to the north and east. Annual precipitation for the region is approximately 35 inches and visitors find moderate weather conditions from May through the end of October.

The city provides police and fire services, street improvements and maintenance, community development services, general administrative services and parks and recreation management. The city also owns and operates a storm drainage utility.

Mukilteo, a Native American name that over time became known as “a good camping ground,” is the site where the Point Elliott Treaty was signed by Governor Isaac Stevens and representatives of 22 Native American tribes in 1855. The first settlement in the County was established on the northern point of Mukilteo in 1858. Pioneers to Mukilteo developed a trading post, lumber mill, cannery and a port of entry for the trading ships.

The city was incorporated in 1947 with a population of 775. In 1980 an area to the south of the city boundaries was annexed, which was followed by the 1991 annexation of Harbour Pointe; a master planned community that included a shopping center and an award winning public golf course. The Harbour Pointe annexation almost doubled the city’s population from 6,900 to 13,000 and increased the city’s area to 6.25 square miles.

Today the city’s population has grown to 19,940 (April, 2007) and its diverse, multi-cultural residents continue to share a great sense of pride, history and tradition of community involvement. Mukilteo amenities include quaint shopping areas, restaurants, financial institutions and several parks and open spaces for recreational opportunities. The city is also a neighbor to the Boeing Company, Paine Field Regional Airport and other major employers along a technology corridor that reaches from northern King County through Mukilteo.”

New Castle

“For family-oriented people who want to escape from urban sprawl, Newcastle combines the convenience and choices of urban living with the comfort and community of a small town. Only in Newcastle can residents and visitors live, work, shop, and play with stunning views, commute easily to the best jobs in the Pacific Northwest, and return home to live in balance with nature in a community that respects their values.

Newcastle has an unusually rich history for a city its size. It played a vital role in opening up the Seattle region for expansion. In many ways, it was the poster child for development in the Pacific Northwest in the late 1800s-rail, coal, and timber were the key themes of this time, and Newcastle was at the nexus of all of them. Newcastle ‘s coal mine and railroad helped transform Seattle into a major port.

In 1872, between 75-100 tons of coal was produced each day in Newcastle ; by the time the mine closed for the last time in 1963, more than13 million tons had been extracted. Its legacy remains ever-present in local place names such as Coal Creek Parkway , and China Creek Golf Course. An active, well-informed, and passionate group of citizens remain committed to sharing Newcastle ‘s history with visitors and residents. The City celebrates Newcastle Days at a community festival each September. The City was officially incorporated in 1994.”

Normandy Park

“The Seattle-Tacoma Land Company was organized in the mid-1920s for the purpose of developing 1,200 acres of land on the shores of Puget Sound between Seattle and Tacoma. The development was to be known as Normandy Park, a planned residential community with strict building codes and numerous restrictions. It was to be a community of distinctive architecture in the French Normandy style, and there was to be a yacht club, two community beaches and a golf course.

By 1929, the entire area had been platted. Good gravel roads were built and a water system installed that was fed from deep wells in the area. An elegant clubhouse was built on what is now known as “Lot A,” and promotional efforts such as free refreshments and band concerts were offered there to promote Normandy Park. Building started with a distinctive brick house on Lot 1, Block 20, built by C. S. Hughett. This house was considered to be the first built according to the plans of the developers. The house is located at 17999 Normandy Terrace SW. A few other houses in the French Normandy style were built soon after, as well as two Prudence Penny Budget houses.

The depression brought a halt to all development activities of Normandy Park and the Seattle-Tacoma Land Company “abandoned” the project. The clubhouse was sold to the late Ben Tipp in 1934, and much of the property passed into private hands.

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Normandy Park was “discovered” and, within a few years, many fine homes were built. In a short time it became a vigorous community, so much so that the residents decided to incorporate the area into the City of Normandy Park in order to control their own destinies. As a result, the City of Normandy Park was incorporated on June 8, 1953. A city government was organized consisting of seven elected Council members, one of whom is selected as Mayor by the Council themselves and serves as chair of the Council. They serve unsalaried by choice. The City is classified in the Revised Code of Washington as a “second class city” with a “council/manager form of government”.”

North Bend

“The vision the residents of North Bend put forth… is one of preservation and enhancement. The community of North Bend wants to preserve its rural character, natural beauty and small town scale. The residents of the community also have a desire for enhancing the existing built environment of the downtown, the riverfront and community parks, new and existing residential neighborhoods and the community’s gateways.”


“Discover for yourself why Olympia is #10 on the Forbes Magazine 2007 list of Best Places for Business and Careers; #16 on Sperling’s 2007 ranking of Best U.S. cities; #10 on the Men’s Journal 2005 list of Top 50 Best Places to Live; #27 on Kiplinger’s 2006 list of 50 Smart Places to Live; featured in the 2006 edition of 50 Fabulous Places to Raise Your Family!; and ranked #36 on the 2007 Country Home Magazine list of Best Green Cities in America.

Maybe it’s the generosity and creativeness of our friendly and caring people.

It could be our award-winning educational system, including the Evergreen State College – one of the country’s top liberal arts institutions, St. Martin’s University in Lacey, South Puget Sound Community College, and the Olympia and North Thurston School Districts.

Perhaps it’s our eclectic arts scene (there’s a reason Time Magazine once referred to Olympia as the Hippest Town in the West).

It could be our entrepreneurial spirit evidenced in the diverse mix of shops, eateries and businesses in Olympia’s historic downtown and our west side mall district, at our waterfront Farmers Market, and tucked away on neighborhood corners.

Maybe it’s our livable community with a free Dash Shuttle that connects downtown and the Capitol Campus, bike lanes on 70% of our arterial streets, and citizens who voted to provide money for parks and recreational sidewalks.

And, or course, there’s our northwest natural beauty — the rugged Olympic Mountains, snow-capped Mt. Rainier, towering Douglas firs, water, salmon, eagles, and the occasional grey whale that winds its way to the tip of Puget Sound.”

Port Angeles

“The convenient downtown shopping district is alive with friendly shops, flowers and outdoor art. Rising high above the city is snow-capped Hurricane Ridge, the most popular feature of Olympic National Park.

Port Angeles’ geography makes it ideally suited to those who love the outdoors. From golfing to gardening, weather seldom interferes. The region offers incomparable recreation opportunities for year-round activities.

Close by are the Dungeness National Wildlife Preserve, Lakes Crescent and Sutherland, Sol Duc Hot Springs and numerous rivers, beaches and parks. Olympic Discovery Trail, for hiker, bicyclists and equestrians, is one of the longest trail systems in the nation.

The community is proud of the award-winning Port Angeles Symphony and the hilltop Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, a noteworthy museum of contemporary art. All year long there are opportunities to enjoy live theater, concerts and festivals. A new $4.2 million library was constructed in 1997.

The Olympic Medical Center, based in Port Angeles, provides state-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical facilities and a broad range of ancillary services. Several independent medical clinics are located throughout the community. The city provides 24-hour advanced life support paramedical services to Port Angeles residents for a nominal fee.

Housing costs are significantly lower than the adjacent Puget Sound area and many homes come with a mountain or water view. That view often includes the lights of Victoria, B.C., clearly visible across the Strait.”


“Today Poulsbo is a thriving, growing community with many amenities that attract tourists and encourage people to move to this area. Tourism is one of the major industries in the area, however, several new high-tech businesses have relocated to the Poulsbo area and others are considering a move to Poulsbo in the future. Poulsbo, with its picturesque downtown core of rosemaled storefronts as well as other shopping areas at Poulsbo Village and along Viking Avenue, offers many amenities to citizens and guests. These include several beautiful parks throughout the city, a boardwalk along Liberty Bay, the Valborg Oyen Public Library, three marinas, interesting gift shops, delicious bakeries, a panoramic view of Liberty Bay and the Olympic Mountains, good schools including the Olympic College satellite campus that opened to students in January 2004, efficient police and fire protection, an active Chamber of Commerce and Historic Downtown Poulsbo Association and a caring community.

Poulsbo is the leading community on both the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas for design, construction and deployment of publicly-owned fiber-optic broadband infrastructure, providing state-of-the-art high-speed connections to the world for commerce and government. The ultimate goal here is to provide family-wage community-based employment opportunities for our citizens while protecting family and environmental values from the degradation resultant from long hours of commuting in vehicles to the east Puget Sound cities for primary employment.

The city’s leaders are progressive and forward looking and are conscientiously working to widen the tax base of the area and bring Poulsbo into the twenty-first century a healthy, thriving city while maintaining the Scandinavian heritage that earned Poulsbo the nickname “Little Norway”.”


Preston is a small, historic mill town located 22 miles east of Seattle.

“We are located in a sheltered valley on the Raging River that traditionally served as a way-stop for eastbound traffic over the Cascade Mountains. Preston is nestled amidst protected forests – where things are quieter, urban sprawl is limited and the lights go out early. Just the way we like it.”


“With its historical roots in agriculture, Pullman has matured into a community with small-town comforts and cosmopolitan amenities. Home to world-class Washington State University, Pullman benefits from a diverse and international student population, PAC 10 sporting events as well as cultural and entertainment programs. The seeds of high technology are also flourishing in Pullman’s fertile environment.

Pullman bears other fruits as a result of its well-educated, involved and generous year-round population. During fall 2002, voters approved the creation of a metropolitan park district for the purpose of improving, maintaining and acquiring parks and recreation facilities. As a result, Pullman enjoys 14 distinct parks and natural areas encompassing just over 100 acres. Winter 2004 marked the opening of the new Pullman Regional Hospital, while the modernized Lincoln Middle School was dedicated in spring 2005.

Pullman is a great place — high tech, higher education and highest quality of life.”


“The City of Puyallup is situated at the foot of scenic Mount Rainier in the beautiful Puget Sound region, 10 miles east of Tacoma and approximately 35 miles south of Seattle.

In its early years, Puyallup was an agricultural community. Farmers grew hops, berries and flowers and the city continues to pay homage to its agricultural roots. The spring is celebrated with the annual Daffodil Parade and in the fall the Western Washington Fair continues to be a favorite destination for visitors.

Over the years the city gained prominence as a regional commercial and service center for Eastern Pierce County. Puyallup continues to serve its residents and neighbors with a strong, diversified economy.

Puyallup has a unique downtown antique district. There are also lots of shopping opportunities on Puyallup’s South Hill. The city boasts cinemas, restaurants, a two-year community college, parks and recreation, good K-12 schools, nice residential districts and a lot more.”


“Redmond is the seventh most populous city in King County and the sixteenth most populous city in the State of Washington, with a residential population of approximately 50,680 in 2007. It encompasses an area of over 16.85 square miles and is located less than 20 miles east of downtown Seattle at the north end of Lake Sammamish. The city prides itself for its high quality of life with good schools, a healthy economic base, a parks system that provides a variety of active and passive recreational opportunities, diverse offerings for shopping and dining, safe neighborhoods, and an emphasis on quality development and protection of the natural environment.

Redmond’s park system consists of 23 developed and 8 undeveloped parks on over 1,000 acres and 17 miles of developed trails and nine miles of undeveloped trails. Facilities range from community, neighborhood, and resource parks to undeveloped open space, beautification areas, and gathering places. They include a waterfront park on Lake Sammamish (Idylwood), a wildlife preserve known as the Redmond Watershed, and a farm with equestrian facilities at Farrel-McWhirter Park. Recreation programs provide learning, socializing, and entertainment opportunities for preschoolers through senior adults and an active cultural arts scene. Facilities include a senior center, a teen center, a community center, and two log cabins at Anderson Park. In addition, King County operates numerous trail connections with Redmond’s system and points beyond.

The city is well known as a center of technology and the location for a number of nationally known high-tech and biomedical companies. Among these are Microsoft, Nintendo, AT&T and Physio-Control. Redmond Town Center, a large downtown retail center, offers numerous shops, restaurants, three movie theaters, special events, and live performances by a repertory theatre company and other arts-related groups.

As Redmond continues to evolve into a thriving city of increasing diversity, it seeks to promote its sense of community through programs designed to celebrate its heritage, enhance its neighborhoods, and preserve its historical and natural treasures.

With 53 schools and nearly 24,000 students, the Lake Washington School District, the school district for the cities of Redmond, Sammamish and Kirkland combined, is one of the largest in the state. It is also a reflection of the community it serves, generally upper middle class and technology-comfortable. Scores on standardized tests place the district in the state’s top 10 percent. The curriculum has been praised in several national education publications for its comprehensive approach to student-centered learning, and over 100 districts around the country are adapting it for their own use.”


“Located on the south shore of Lake Washington, Renton is a lakefront City offering spectacular views of the Olympics, the Cascades, and Mount Rainier. The Cedar River, which runs through the heart of downtown, also offers an abundance of natural beauty. Renton offers a unique quality of life, a strong sense of community, and excellent personal opportunities for residents and businesses.

Beautiful parks, safe streets, a growing downtown, and abundant housing all make Renton the right choice to live, work, and play. As a full service and financially sound community, the City offers outstanding police and fire protection, superior street maintenance, and our own supply of water that comes from an underground aquifer. While Renton’s rich history stretches back to the 1850’s, it officially became a city in 1901. Today, Renton is a community of more than 58,000 residents, with another 35,000 people employed within the city limits.

As one of the fastest growing communities in the Puget Sound area, families are choosing Renton for its affordability, location, and tremendous quality of life. New urban apartments and condominiums downtown, beautiful multi-family developments along Lake Washington, and high-quality and affordable single-family subdivisions are among the wide variety of housing options attractive to all income levels.

Renton is home to The Boeing Company and PACCAR, both known and recognized worldwide as manufacturers of the finest products in their fields. In addition, Renton’s friendly, pro-business climate has provided room for a multitude of new businesses, including the first IKEA store in the Pacific Northwest, TOPICS Entertainment, Brotherton Cadillac, Sam’s Club,, and scores of others. We are seeing this next generation of business leaders thriving in Renton and continuing to diversify our economic base.

As a location destination for top-notch companies, Renton is easily reached by Interstate 405 and is in close proximity to downtown Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Port of Seattle, and to Bellevue. A local shuttle bus system transports workers and visitors around town. Renton’s busy municipal airport is a popular destination for private pilots and seaplanes, and is the headquarters for Sound Flight sightseeing tours.

A regional transit center, a park-like piazza, major infrastructure improvements, and several mixed-use development projects containing housing and retail have transformed downtown Renton into a central gathering place for residents and visitors. Additionally, the new Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center and City Center Parking Garage have added to the amenities in the downtown core.”


“Looking for a place where you can stroll along the Columbia River, enjoy an outdoor concert or find an imaginative playground for your youngsters? Would you enjoy visiting a community that offers fishing, boating and water skiing opportunities as well as antique shops and wineries? How about a vacation destination with a symphony, ballet and jet-sprint boat racing? If any of these appeal to your sense of leisure-time fun, sports or entertainment, you’ll want to plan your next outing, trip or vacation in Richland. This city of 45,000 is also home to three community theater troupes, medieval renaissance and folklife festivals, and a classic car and street rod event. Richland offers you steelhead fishing, beautiful and challenging golf courses, and several places that commemorate Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery. Richland’s waterfront offers a marina, several docks/piers, and a five-mile paved trail for walking, jogging, biking, rollerblading and stroller pushing, as well as restaurants and hotels with a view. A top-rated skateboard park, the Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science and Technology, and the Three Rivers Arts & Entertainment District also await you in Richland. All this and sunshine, too! Come visit Richland!”


“With the Seattle skyline and the Olympic Mountains to the west, and the looming grandeur of the Cascades to the east, Sammamish rests comfortably in the embrace of Washington state’s famous natural beauty. Home to 38,640 (*) people, the residential community is located on the eastern shore of Lake Sammamish, with Redmond to the north and Issaquah to the south. In a quest for self-determination, Sammamish incorporated as a city in August 1999. Since then the city has been busy building new roads, designing parks and creating other community infrastructure.

The name Sammamish is derived from two Native American Skagit words: Samena – hunter and mish – people. Historically an area of timber and agricultural activities, Sammamish now boasts many of the finest residential areas in the Puget Sound region set in an environment of green spaces, including wetlands and community parks. The area has long been considered to be excellent for families – as evidenced by the substantial number of people under 18, the excellent school systems and the emphasis on organized youth activities.”

Sea Tac

“Incorporated in February 1990, the City of SeaTac is located in the Pacific Northwest, approximately midway between the cities of Seattle and Tacoma in the State of Washington. The City is 10 square miles in area and has a population of 25,230. SeaTac is a vibrant community, economically strong, environmentally sensitive, and people-oriented. The City boundaries surround the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, (approximately 3 square miles in area) which is owned and operated by the Port of Seattle.”


“Our diverse cultures bring life, vitality and economic growth to the City. Whether you live, play, work or visit here Seattle offers a unique community filled with vibrant people.”


“Formerly called Sheltonville, the City was named after David Shelton, a delegate to the Territorial Legislature. Shelton was designated as the County Seat in 1888 and incorporated in 1890.”

As you approach the City of Shelton, you will glimpse the quiet harbors and homes along the pristine shoreline of Oakland Bay. The community is rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. Located just 35 minutes northwest of Olympia on the shores of Oakland Bay at the southern most tip of Puget Sound, residents and visitors alike enjoy the Shelton community.


“Located amid the natural beauty of Western Washington 15 miles north of downtown Seattle, the City of Shoreline combines urban opportunities with suburban convenience and comfort. Shoreline boasts a rich history, abundant and spectacular parks, strong neighborhoods, a highly-respected school district and vibrant business community. With nearly 53,000 residents, Shoreline is Washington’s 15th largest city.”


“Snoqualmie is located only 28 miles east of Seattle in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Our city is a blend of small town charm, historic architecture, nature conservation, and community growth. Tourists visit Snoqualmie year-round, our residential population continues to grow, and business development is expanding in downtown Snoqualmie and Snoqualmie Ridge.

Visitors and residents alike are inspired by our natural surroundings. Experience the stunning scenic beauty of Snoqualmie Falls, a northwest landmark with a spectacular 270-foot cascade. Hike to the bottom of the falls. Take an historic train ride with the kids. Meander through charming downtown Snoqualmie and the Northwest Railway Museum.

Enjoy shopping and dining throughout our town including the Snoqualmie Ridge neighborhood. Spend the day golfing or hiking our many wilderness trails. Explore our parks, rivers, and boundless recreation.

Whether you’re visiting for the day, on a vacation getaway, or settling in to a new home in our beautiful city, we hope to see you soon!”


“Steilacoom is an active, inclusive community located on the shores of Puget Sound. We are proud of being the first incorporated town in the State of Washington, and we hope you’ll continue to visit us on this site and in person, too!”


“Nestled in the valley where the White River flows into the Puyallup River, the City of Sumner is combining the best of the past with a visionary future. Settled in 1853 by pioneers, the City was built on agriculture, especially daffodils, rhubarb, hops, berries, vegetables and turf grasses. In fact, Sumner is still known as the Rhubarb Pie Capital of the World!

Sumner has retained its small town charm even though it is now a city of 9000 residents. The historic Downtown Sumner is home to a variety of shops and businesses and hosts many community events including the Daffodil Parade, Wine Walks and Music Off Main. The East Main Street business district is a newer, vibrant business community with restaurants, shopping and services. And, the industrial north of Sumner is home to many warehouses and industries that enjoy easy freeway access and other amenities suited to manufacturing.

With two major highways intersecting in Sumner and a commuter station for the Sounder train, it’s easy to get to Sumner. With stellar schools, beautiful parks and small town charm, it’s hard to leave.”


“Located at the foot of Mount Rainier and along the shores of Commencement Bay in Washington state, Tacoma is recognized as a livable and progressive international city. With a population of more than 199,600 residents, the city that incorporated in 1884 has grown from its historical roots as a home of sawmills and a bustling port that exported goods around the world to a center for international exports, the arts and healthy, affordable living.

  • The Port of Tacoma is the 6th largest container port in North America, covering more than 2,400 acres, and ranks in the top 25 for worldwide container trade. The Port services over 15 steamship lines, two transcontinental railroads.
  • More than 28,000 jobs in Pierce County are related to the Port of Tacoma’s activities. That is a 25 percent increase from 1993, when the Port conducted a similar study.
  • More than 101,000 jobs in Washington State are related to the Port’s activities. This represents a 51 percent increase from 1993.
  • Port-related jobs generate $471 million in annual wages in Pierce County.
  • Port activities generate more than $77 million annually in state and local taxes in Washington State.
  • In 1990, Money Magazine named Tacoma as the fourth best place to live in the United States.
  • Tacoma was rated the top Mid-Sized City for Small Businesses by Entrepreneur magazine in October 1995.
  • Downtown Tacoma has more than 20,000 employees. Projected to increase by 33% by the year 2010.
  • 201,000 residents live within a 5-mile radius of the Downtown Business District.
  • In 2001, more than 300 convention, tour and sports groups convened here totaling nearly 270,000 delegates.”


“Tukwila lies in the heart of the Puget Sound region, sitting 12 miles south of downtown Seattle, 17 miles north of downtown Tacoma, just east of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and at the crossroads of two major interstate highways, I-5 and I-405. Its central location makes Tukwila an ideal site for approximately 2,000 businesses.

Tukwila (whose name in local Native American dialect means “land where the hazelnuts grow”) encompasses single and multi-family residences, heavy and light manufacturing, and service-oriented companies, as well as one of the Northwest’s largest concentration of retail businesses.

Tukwila’s Mayor is the chief executive officer of the City, and the Council is the legislative branch and governing body. The City’s management consists of eight department heads, reporting to the City Administrator. Tukwila has over 315 full-time employees, and oversees an annual general operating budget of approximately $45 million.

Tukwila strives to create a balance in addressing the needs of its residential community and the environment with the challenges of maintaining and enhancing a vibrant development climate. Information on business relocation or development is available at the “ThinkTukwila” Economic Development website. Tukwila also hosts a Farmers’ Market that operates from May-September of each year.

Tukwila School District operates within Tukwila’s boundaries. It consists of Foster High School, Showalter Middle School, Cascade View Elementary, Thorndyke Elementary, and Tukwila Elementary.

Tukwila has two libraries that are part of the King County Library System: Foster Library and Tukwila Library. Tukwila Pool is also located within Tukwila’s boundaries and operated by the City.”


“Tumwater, known as “Washington’s First Community,” was the starting point for further American settlements at Olympia, Seattle, Whidbey Island, and other points on Puget Sound. It was from Puget Sound that the movement to divide Oregon grew, resulting in the creation of Washington Territory in 1853.

The City’s early growth and development were greatly influenced by the close proximity to the power generating falls of the Deschutes River, the nearby saltwater access for transportation and communication, and the abundance of timber in the area. The town developed on the lands around the mouth of the river and homes and sawmills sprang up along its banks above the original settlement.

On November 25, 1869, Tumwater was officially incorporated as a fourth class town. In 1964, the voters of Tumwater elected to change the classification to a third class city. In 1994, the Tumwater City Council opted to change, by Ordinance, the classification to a non-charter code city with a Mayor-Council form of government.

Tumwater is the third largest city in Thurston County with an official population of 12,850. Tumwater covers over 11 square miles. It ranks 61st among the 281 cities in the State of Washington and is one of the 185 cities that are code cities. The Mayor and seven Councilmembers are elected by the registered voters of the City to staggered four-year terms.

The City provides what are considered general governmental services authorized by state law, including public safety, highways and streets, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, permits and inspections, general administration and water, sewer and storm-sewer services.

The City is served by congressional districts 3 and 9 and legislative districts 20, 22 and 35.

The weather in Tumwater resembles that of England with fair-weather conditions and gray, wet winters. The mild climate favors lushly forested landscapes with plenty of ferns and moss. It is an ideal gardening climate that favors all four seasons. Even though Tumwater, in the southern portion of Puget Sound, may be recognized for rainy days, our average annual rainfall is a mere 51 inches, even less than Atlanta, New Orleans, or Houston.”

University Place

“University Place is a new city with a rich history. In the late 1800s, it was proposed that a university be located and built in the community. However, financial worries and concerns eventually canceled any plans to build a university here. Nevertheless, the community became known as the “university place,” and the name stuck. Since then University Place has become a suburban residential community, proud of its history, eager to retain its unique quality of life and looking ahead to future challenges.

Approximately one hundred years after the community received its name, a movement began toward local government and local control. Groups formed to discuss incorporation; other factions opposed incorporation. In November 1994 proponents succeeded in passing a ballot measure which established 7.86 square miles of unincorporated Pierce County into the City of University Place.

This, of course, was just the beginning of the journey to cityhood. What followed were the struggles to meet the deadlines associated with legally establishing a new city and preparations to begin providing municipal services. Council members were elected, an interim city manager selected, and start-up staff hired. This group, with the help of literally thousands of hours of volunteer efforts, made the quantum leap from the dream of becoming a city to reality. Today, University Place is a community of 31,140 people.

The challenges that face University Place today are how to address citizens’ concerns and needs efficiently and effectively, how to spend our resources carefully, to safeguard the history of the community, and to prepare wisely for the future.”


“Vancouver, Washington sits on the north bank of the Columbia River directly across from Portland, Oregon. The Pacific Coast is less than 90 miles to the west. The Cascade Mountain Range rises on the east. Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Mt. Hood are less than two hours away. The spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area lies 30 minutes to the east. Vancouver combines the excitement of a major metropolitan area with small-town charm and abundant recreational opportunities.”


“Whether you’re looking to live, work or play, the City of Woodinville welcomes you. Woodinville is set in the lush Sammamish Valley northeast of Seattle, Washington. Scenic landscapes, wineries, and plant nurseries make Woodinville a premier tourist destination. Recreational opportunities, open space, and a commitment to public safety contribute to Woodinville’s outstanding quality of life. We’re glad you visited us on the Web. Come experience our “City living, country style”.”

  • Median household income: $77,900 (2004)
  • 2006 median house sale price: $382,000 (2006)
  • Median rent: $855 (2006)
  • Households in city limits: 3512 (2000 census)
  • Median Size: 2.61 people (2000 census)

According to the City’s Comprehensive Plan:

  • Single-family residential units = 54%
  • Multi-family residential units = 34%
  • Townhouse/Mobile Home = 12%
  • Owner-occupied = 73%


“Yakima is located in South Central Washington where the Naches and Yakima Rivers join. Yakima leads the way to the Cascade Mountains. It also opens up wonderful opportunities in the fruitful Yakima Valley. It is a place you’ll want to come to visit or live.

The 300 days of sunshine and breathtaking sights beg those who experience it to take advantage of the wonderful outdoor activities. Included are camping, fishing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, snow boarding and boating to mention a few. For entertainment, Yakima also offers the turn-of-the-century Capitol Theatre, the Yakima Valley Museum, the Visitors and Convention Center, and the Central Washington State Fair. For more information on the recreational opportunities, please visit the Recreation page on this site.

The Yakima Valley is known for production of forest products, manufacturing aircraft parts and supplies; and machinery used in food product packaging. The main industry is agriculture that flourishes through producing and processing tree fruits, hops, mint, vegetables, livestock, dairy and wine. The extended growing season and rich soil provide the perfect conditions to produce grapes excellent for wine making. The Wine industry in the Yakima Valley has boomed in recent years, with international recognition of Yakima wines and vineyards.

The active participation of Yakima’s citizens was recognized in 1994 when Yakima became an “All-America City”. Community members and leaders are proud of their achievements and stand firm in the commitment to work together to keep Yakima a beautiful and thriving community.”