Key findings

  • Kirkland has a Livability Score of 81/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Kirkland crime rates are 21% lower than the Washington average
  • Cost of living in Kirkland is 37% higher than the Washington average
  • Kirkland real estate prices are 74% higher than the Washington average
  • Rental prices in Kirkland are 44% higher than the Washington average

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      Top Rated Schools in Kirkland

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      International Community School6 - 1243995%
      Northstar Middle School6 - 98994%
      Discovery SchoolKG - 67385%
      Kirk ElementaryKG - 649585%
      Environmental & Adventure School6 - 914382%
      Kirkland Middle School6 - 957382%
      Franklin ElementaryKG - 646680%
      Sandburg ElementaryKG - 651780%
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      Kirkland Reviews

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      Pricetag to match everyone's ego

      Attractions1/10
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      Nightlife1/10
      Dining8/10
      Shopping8/10
      I was born and raised in Kirkland. I moved away as an adult and decided I wanted to come back to raise my children after the recession of 2008, price is plummeted for a couple years but sure spiked right back up. When I was a kid this was small town living by the mid eighties prices started to skyrocket and the yuppies moved in it's gotten worse since Microsoft and Google. What you get are a bunch of snobby ass rich people and middle class who are aspiring to be snobby as rich people. They're extremely unwelcoming if you do not fit into the "in" crowd. Most conversations with people relate around what new thing they have bought for their house what new classes there kids are in and so on. It's nauseating honestly. It is everything a place would be if you were looking for people with inflated pride and ego. Average people can't afford to live here the cost of living is outrageous. We're looking to move out of here and I have watched countless neighbors lose their homes and move to somewhere cheaper simply because it's not affordable. If you want to live next to a Carol or next to a covert racist republican, I suggest moving to kirkland.
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      You get what you pay for!

      Attractions10/10
      Community10/10
      Nightlife7/10
      Dining7/10
      Shopping8/10
      There is nothing wrong with this city aside for the hefty price tag. Buying a house here and maintaining a living is tough but you get what you pay for. Everything in this city is perfect the people are nice the parks are nice the restaurants and shops are nice. Does not get any better than this.
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      Great town

      Attractions8/10
      Community8/10
      Nightlife7/10
      Dining7/10
      Shopping8/10
      A lot to like about living in Kirkland. I'll just say right off that housing is expensive here. Having said that, every time we think about moving somewhere else we always are reminded of how great it is right here. The housing is high for a reason. There are a lot of high paying tech type jobs here. Microsoft and Google are big employers here. Kirkland has a very vibrant town center with a great lakeside park as the center that the town revolves around. The much larger Bellevue is only minutes away, but Kirkland has evolved as the place to be. A nice variety of eateries and coffee shops. Kirkland is also known for its art galleries. The town center is a fabulous area to just go take a walk in the park or along the lake shore. Very low crime here, and I have never ever felt unsafe here at any time of day or night. There is a great variety of neighborhoods although as I said before pretty pricey. We have lived here for over 30 years and have seen much change. The negatives to that change is "traffic". I will say that traffic is about the only thing I don't like about Kirkland. The schools are rated very high. We have learned how to deal with the traffic and make it work. There are certain times you just don't go here or there. You adjust. All in all, everything you need is nearby. Parks, larger cities, shopping malls (Bellevue Mall, Redmond Town Center), Lake Washington waterfront, hiking, skiing, water sports, biking, etc.. Kirkland even has an equestrian neighborhood (Bridle Trails) with a huge state park that caters to horseback riding! Very rare for a high density area. We live within walking distance to Kirkland town center yet can go for a walk and see horses lounging in their corrals. You won't find that anywhere in Seattle.
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      Source: The Kirkland, WA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).