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Redmond - Bicycle Capital of the Northwest
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Redmond, WA is city located 16 miles east of Seattle, bordering Bellevue to the southwest, Cottage Lake to the northeast, Kirkland to the west and Sammamish to the southeast.

Redmond is commonly recognized as hometown of Microsoft and Nintendo of America, making it high-tech enclave metropolitan area of Seattle.

With an annual bike race on city streets and the state's only velodrome, Redmond is also known as the "Bicycle Capital of the Northwest".

People in Redmond have an average commute time of 20.3 minutes, and they commute by car alone.

As of 2020, in Redmond live 73,256 people and its population is constantly increasing. Median age is 34.4 which is among the youngest in the area. There are 29,024 households with 2.5 persons per household. The homeownership rate of Redmond is 48.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. Renter occupied households are 43%.  Median household income is $147,006 and comparing to national income of $55,322 it is clear that here live people who earn above the average salaries. Residents with master's degree or higher makes 30% of the population, with bachelor's degree 36%, some college or associate degree 21%. Children make 20% of the population.

The median property value in Redmond, as of January 2023 is $1,250,000, which is 10% increase over year ($599,000 for condominiums and $1,550,000 for residential properties).  Median rent for the city is $1,487; median gross rent by U.S. Census Bureau is $2,172. Price per square foot is $646 median or $654 average. There is 1.3 months of homes for sale in Redmond, Washington, which spend an average of 18 days on the market. This shows very strong sellers' market. Sellers get an average of 100% of listing price. 

If you want to buy a property in Redmond with:

  • 1 or less bedrooms you'll have to pay $$415,353 on average

  • 2 bedrooms $$779,627

  • 3 bedrooms $1,232,657 

  • 4 bedrooms or more $2,016,975

*Prices shown as of January 2023. For accurate up-to-date prices, contact me here.


The City of Redmond consists of ten neighborhoods. The Downtown and Overlake neighborhoods contain Redmond's two urban centers. The Bear Creek, Sammamish Valley, Southeast Redmond, and Willows / Rose Hill neighborhoods include a variety of land uses such as business parks, industrial and manufacturing, and residential. The remaining neighborhoods of Education Hill, Grass Lawn, Idylwood, and North Redmond predominantly include residential land uses.

View Redmond Neighborhood Map HERE.

Crime Data for Redmond

When it comes to crime, most popular types of crime in Redmond are thefts 2,708 (slightly more than national average of 2,043), burglary 292 (500 national), motor vehicle theft 128 (284 national), assault 73 (283 national), robbery 37 (136 national), rape 15 (41 national) and 0 murder (6 national) - data calculated annually per 100,000 residents. See Redmond's crime map HERE.


Schools in Redmond

Redmond belongs to Lake Washington School District with 22 schools. (10 elementary, three middle and two high schools). Digi Pen Institute of Technology and the secondary campus of Lake Washington Technical College are located in Redmond.

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Redmond's Parks

The City of Redmond has an extensive park and trail system throughout the city and portions of King County. The system includes 47 parks comprising 1,351 acres of land in a variety of neighborhood, community, and resource parks. Parks and other destinations are connected by a local connector and regional trails. There are 59 miles of public trails in Redmond, of which 39 miles are owned and operated by the city.

Redmond has developed 23 public parks and many of these are neighborhood parks. One of the most popular parks with playgrounds and beach is Idylwood ParkFarrel McWhirter Farm Park hosts a barnyard, miles of walking trails, and the picturesque Mackey Creek.


Getting Around Redmond

City of Redmond provides a variety of ways for residents, visitors, and people who work here to get around.  Redmond continues to explore new and innovative ways to make connections.

Bicycling - Redmond has an extensive network of on-street bike lanes and off-street trails for easy access to downtown, neighborhoods, businesses, parks, and even to other cities. It is one of a small but growing number of cities designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.

Driving in Redmond - An overhead electronic message board is an electronic sign often used on roadways to give travelers information. These signs are controlled from City Hall and display traffic-related information such as: warn of traffic congestion, crashes, roadwork zones or speed limits, travel times, current or planned road closures or major events.

Scooter and bike share (LIME) - Bicycle and scooter sharing support the City’s vision in the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) to improve travel choices and mobility. The scooters will give Redmond travelers new options as the average trip in Redmond is 2.2 miles, which is about a 15-minute bike or scooter ride. You can download Lime app and find nearby scooter to rent for your commute. 

Walking - Redmond offers many opportunities to walk, bike or skate. There are many trails, sidewalks and walking paths to walk whether for fun, exercise or simply to get from place to place within the city or on an urban trail. Go Redmond provides incentives for people using alternative modes of transportation to get to work. Redmond is a "Walkers Paradise" with a Walkscore of 95. This makes it easy for you to swap some of these short drives for a stroll.

Community Connections - The City of Redmond and King County Metro are collaborating to improve transportation services in Redmond’s Education Hill, Bear Creek, Downtown and Southeast neighborhoods. Through Metro’s Community Connections program, the community is shaping mobility options for areas that are not well served by fixed-route bus service but have demand for service that aligns with the City’s Transportation Master Plan. This service takes on added importance as the city prepares for the arrival of Link Light Rail.

Important: Unlike other neighboring cities, City of Redmond does not have a Business and Occupation tax on income. Instead, it charges a business license fee of $106.10 per employee.

In 2018 Redmond ranked #1 of 163 Best Suburbs for Millennials in Washington, and #3 of 376 Best Places to live in Washington - according to website Niche: Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and expert insights.

Find Redmond map here!

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