A comparison of Eastside cities is often useful when questioning public policy. Many readers have questioned Kirkland's standing relative to our neighbors so we have put together the chart below comparing six cities on the Eastside.
Here are a few questions and answers you may find interesting:
Q: Which Eastside city has the largest population?
A: This is an easy one for most Eastsiders to answer. The answer is Bellevue (2009 pop. 126,626). But did you know that Kirkland will have a population of over 80,000 as of June 1, 2011?
Q: Which Eastside city has the highest median household income?
A: Woodinville has the highest median household income at $86,885.
Q: Which Eastside city has the highest population density? Which has the lowest?
A: Kirkland has the highest population density at 4,548 people per square mile. Issaquah has the lowest at 1,451.
Q: Which Eastside city has the highest percentage of workers who live and work in the same city?
A: Redmond (40.7%) has the highest percentage of workers who live and work in the same city. Bothell is the lowest at 19.3%.
These figures represent the situation as of July 2009 and recent annexation activity will significantly change these comparisons. As an example, in June 2011 the population of the City of Kirkland will increase by 33,000 due to annexation.