Kirkland 82 Exceptional
Kirkland Livability #24 ranked city in Washington#2,243 ranked city in the USARanks better than 92% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Kirkland Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Kirkland Cost of Living Cost of living is 35% higher than Washington
15757% more expensive than the US average
11717% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Kirkland cost of living
B+ Kirkland Crime Total crime is 26% lower than Washington
Total crime
2,2434% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 454% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-4%Year over year crime is down
Kirkland crime
B+ Kirkland Employment Household income is 53% higher than Washington
Median household income
$95,93973% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$51,97074% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%19% lower than the US average
Kirkland employment
C Kirkland Housing Home value is 74% higher than Washington
Median home value
$469,000154% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,51760% higher than the US average
Home ownership
64%equal to the US average
Kirkland real estate or Kirkland rentals
A+ Kirkland Schools HS graduation rate is 10% higher than Washington
High school grad. rates
95%14% higher than the US average
School test scores
76%58% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:129% higher than the US average
Kirkland K-12 schools
A Kirkland User Ratings There are a total of 17 ratings in Kirkland
Overall user rating
81% 17 total ratings
User reviews rating
77% 3 total reviews
User surveys rating
84% 14 total surveys
all Kirkland poll results

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      Living in Kirkland, WA

      Kirkland, Washington is a mid-sized city with a population of 85,812 residents. In Kirkland, there are 4,819 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. At 78%, the majority of the Kirkland population is White; this is followed by 14% Asian and 1% Black. Kirkland is known to be family friendly as more than 82% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 57% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

      Are you trying to figure out if living in Kirkland is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a positive experience before moving to any new city in Washington, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. The best areas in Kirkland and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from cost of living, weather, education, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Washington and national averages.

      Kirkland has a livability score of 78/100 and is ranked #22 in Washington and #2,658 in the USA. Based on this score, Kirkland would be considered a very livable city! Another exciting tidbit, is that Kirkland ranks better than 90% of all US cities! There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Kirkland scores well for amenities (A+), crime (A-), education (A+) and employment (B+). On a more negative note, Kirkland does not have favorable grades for the following: cost of living (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Kirkland on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Juanita Bay Park, Techcity Bowl & Fun Center, and Argosy Lakes Cruise Kirkland.

      Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Kirkland gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 84 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

      Knowing that the Kirkland schools rank highly for test scores plays an important factor in deciding if this area is the right place to live. The average school test scores are 68%, which is far higher than the national average.

      Kirkland real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Kirkland. The median home price for Kirkland homes is $469,000, which is 74.2% higher than the Washington average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Kirkland, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.9, which is 14% higher than the Washington average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Kirkland area were 4.8% and 5 year appreciation rates were 14.7%.

      Kirkland transportation information

      Average one way commute27min27min26min
      Workers who drive to work71.4%72.3%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.4%10.2%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit8.9%6.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.6%0.9%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.5%3.6%2.8%
      Working from home6.9%5.6%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Kirkland, WA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).