All you need to know about Issaquah, WA

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Overview: Nestled between the Issaquah Alps and Lake Sammamish, Issaquah is a historic community focused on a dynamic future. Known for trailheads and salmon, the city is also a major employment and retail hub on the Eastside. In 2015, Nerd Wallet rated Issaquah the 5th Best Place to Start a Business in Washington. Issaquah is home to Costco Wholesale’s world headquarters. Global technology giants, including Microsoft, maintain a robust presence, as does real estate notable John L. Scott. Local businesses also include dining and shopping options along Front Street in Olde Town, East Lake Sammamish Center, Issaquah Commons, Meadows Shopping Center, Pickering Place and charming Gilman Village. Regularly occurring events including Art Walks and Wine Walks draw people in, enlivening the downtown area. The community’s largest event, though, is Issaquah Salmon Days, held the first weekend in October. Each year 150,000+ visitors come to view the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and its spawning salmon and to enjoy art, music, food and fun “fishy” activities. Other must-see Issaquah attractions include top-notch productions at Village Theatre, Issaquah Farmers Market (Saturdays, May to September), Boehm’s Candies chocolate factory, Gilman Town Hall Museum, the restored Issaquah Train Depot, and Cougar Mountain Zoo. The majestic Issaquah Alps offer year-round recreation including hiking, mountain biking and paragliding, while Lake Sammamish State Park is perfect for fishing, boating, and swimming. Housing choices include historic downtown homes, homes with acreage, multifamily dwellings and the innovative Issaquah Highlands and Talus urban villages. These housing choices, along with great schools and community spirit landed Issaquah on Family Circle’s 2015 Best Towns For Families List. Issaquah’s liveability makes the city a magnet for new residents. City leaders have adopted a long-term plan that focuses on environmental protection, jobs, housing and the rapid transit needs of this growing community.

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Colleges: Bellevue College, Western Washington University
High Schools: Issaquah High School, Liberty High School, Skyline High School, Gibson Ek High School
Middle Schools: Beaver Lake Middle School, Issaquah Middle School, Maywood Middle School, Pacific Cascade Middle School, Pine Lake Middle School
Elementary Schools: Apollo Elementary, Briarwood Elementary, Cascade Ridge Elementary, Challenger Elementary, Clark Elementary, Cougar Ridge Elementary, Creekside Elementary, Discovery Elementary, Endeavour Elementary, Grand Ridge Elementary, Issaquah Valley Elementary, Maple Hills Elementary, Newcastle Elementary, Sunny Hills Elementary, Sunset Elementary

School District(s):  Issaquah School District

Recreation / Trails: Lake Sammamish and Issaquah's Lake Sammamish State Park offer water recreation. There are many hiking trails and scenic woods around the housing developments. Parks include: Beaver Lake Park, Pine Lake Park, NE Sammamish Park, East Sammamish Park, and Ebright Creek Park, Soaring Eagle Park and the Sammamish Commons. The Eastlake Sammamish Trail, opened in April 2006, connects to a regional trail system which includes King County's Marymoor Park


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Commute times:  Average Commute Times:

  • Issaquah-Bellevue: 17 min / 11 miles
  • Issaquah-Seattle: 21 min / 17 miles

Public Transit:  Bus service is provided by King County Metro and Sound Transit. The Eastside hub for the King Country Metro & Sound Transit. It is served by both local & regional buses.

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External Links:   Official Site; Visitors Bureau

Issaquah Statistics
Population: 33,330
City Hall: 130 E Sunset Way, PO Box 1307, 98027, (425) 837-3000,
Chamber of Commerce: 155 NW Gilman Blvd, 98027, (425) 392-7024,
Post Office: 400 NW Gilman Blvd, (425) 837-8795
Library: 10 W Sunset Way, (425) 392-5430
School District: Issaquah School Dist. No. 411, (425) 837-7000
Gas/Electricity: PSE, (425) 455-5120
Water/Sewer: City of Issaquah, (425) 837-3070
Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111
Refuse Collection: Recology CleanScapes, (425) 837-1234. South Cove area - Republic
Services, (425) 392-6651
Typical Tax Rate: $10.09/$1,000 assessed valuation
Median Household Income: $108,770
Average Rent: 2bd, $2,500
Median Prices: Homes $725,000;
Condos: $375,000

What was once a sleepy farming and mining community has since become the fastest growing  (in 2003, at least) community in the entire state of Washington. What’s so appealing about Issaquah? Well, it’s an easy commute along I-90 to Seattle, Bellevue, or up to Redmond, there are tons of opportunities for owning a new home or condo, and its back yard is full of the beauty of the northwest. Issaquah is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 30,434 at the 2010 census. According to the Washington State Office of Financial Management, Issaquah ranked 6th of 279 eligible incorporated communities in population growth between 2000 and 2005.[6] ranked Issaquah the 2nd fastest-growing suburb in the state, and the 89th in the nation.


Issaquah got its name from the Native American term for the region—the Squak Valley. No one really knows whether the name referred to the stream that flowed there, the noise the native northern crane made, or the native word for snake. Either way the name stuck and people got on with their lives, growing hops and other crops until coal was discovered in the area. Mining and logging endeavors brought many workers and much profit to the city, which grew rapidly. When the coal industry started slowing down, Issaquah saw a time of dwindling population and prosperity, but with the advent of the car and a brand new freeway (I-90) connecting the town to Seattle, population exploded for once and for all.

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Village Theatre, Issaquah, WA

Who Lives Here?

Affluent Immigrants - High-income immigrants living in suburban areas.

Ranging in age from mid-30s to early 60s, these highly educated immigrants earn high salaries. A high proportion are homeowners.

Suburban Retirees - Seniors over 65 who live in the suburbs.

These seniors are living out their retirement years in suburbia. Most own their homes, and some have college degrees.

Wide Open Foyers - Suburban families living in large houses.

These well-off married couples with children own their own homes, and the homes are bigger than average. Age ranges from the mid-30s to the upper 50s. Most are highly educated professionals, many with advanced degrees.

Self-sufficient Seniors - Suburban seniors who live alone.

More than 40% either live alone or live with non-relatives. Some are homeowners. Education level varies from high school or lower to college.

Country Clubbers - Wealthy married couples with children.

These affluent families live a very comfortable life in the suburbs. More than 20% have a family income over $125,000. Most have earned a college or graduate school degree, and most own their homes.

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Vibe: The community of Issaquah embraces its past and has maintained its small ‘downtown’ area to be as historic as possible. Meanwhile, the homes are much newer; the great majority of them were constructed after the 1980s. Because the houses tend to be larger and are in tucked-away neighborhoods, Issaquah is attractive to people who want room to spread out in a quieter atmosphere.

Neighborhood News via: Issaquah 360

Activities and Attractions

The area around Front Street comprises the ‘Olde Town’ of Issaquah. Here, you can visit the Issaquah Depot Museum or the Gilman Town Hall Museum, both of which are located in historic buildings and provide a glimpse into Ye Olde Issaquah. Boehm’s Candies is another staple here; and you can tell by their Swiss-Alps façade that they know the business. There’s also a taste of current culture at places like Jak’s Grill, Rogue Ales, or the Village Theater. And every October, this area hosts Issaquah Salmon Days, a chance to celebrate the fish that is so vital to our northwest culture and heritage. Finally, a visit to these parts wouldn’t be complete with out a stop at XXX Rootbeer to see their kitschy décor and many car shows. Surrounding sectors have lots of shopping and errand-running options; Issaquah has its own Costco, Lowe’s, Trader Joe’s, and an REI, so no matter what it is you need, pretty much all of your bases are covered. And speaking of REI, you’re going to make frequent stops there to stock up on the supplies you’ll need to enjoy all of the outdoor activities that Issaquah has to offer. The “Issaquah Alps”—the mountains that lie to the east—are an outdoorsman’s dream come true. Aside from the many peaks to summit and rock faces to climb, you can partake in stunts like paragliding or just take a guided walk to learn about the region’s flora and fauna.

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