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About Sammamish

Sammamish Vicinity

Incorporated August 31, 1999, Sammamish is a Municipal Code city, with a Council/City Manager form of government. Citizens elect seven Councilmembers, who in turn appoint a City Manager to guide day to day operations.

Sammamish Comprehensive Plan, adopted September 16, 2003:

"The Vision of Sammamish is a community of families. A blend of small-town atmosphere with a suburban character, the city also enjoys a unique core of urban lifestyles and conveniences. It is characterized by quality neighborhoods, vibrant natural features, and outstanding recreational opportunities. A variety of community gathering places provide numerous civic, cultural, and educational opportunities. Residents are actively involved in the decisions that shape the community and ensure a special sense of place."

The name Sammamish is derived from two Native American words: Samena – hunter and mish – people.

 

Statistics

Population: 61,000
Area: 18.22 sq. miles 
Elevation: Ranges from 40 feet along Lake Sammamish shoreline to 615 feet on top of Inglewood Hill. See a topographic map of Sammamish (1.8 MB PDF).
Paved Roadway: 167 miles
Local Sales Tax: 9.5%  
Median Household Income (2009-2013 US Census): $143,919
City Hall Hours of Operation: 8:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Monday through Friday
Legal Holidays Observed: New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King’s Birthday
President’s Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veteran’s Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day
School Districts: Issaquah School District #411
(425) 837-7000
Lake Washington School District #414
(425) 702-3200
Public Safety: Police Department Business Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm (Monday - Friday)
(425) 295-0770 (Police Department Business Office)
(206) 296-3311 (Non-Emergency Dispatch Phone)

Statistics

2010 population: 45,780

Median age: 37.7

Households: 15,154

Median family income: $135,085

Median home price: $535,000

Residents living in owner-occupied housing units: 41,011

Residents living in renter-occupied housing units: 4,670

Residents 17 or younger: 14,763 (32.2% of city population)

Residents 18 or older: 31,017 (67.8% of city population)

Average family size: 3.3

Race/ethnicity: white 74.7%, Asian 19.3%, two or more races 3.7%, black 1%, other race 1.3%

Land and water area: 21.5 square miles

Average elevation: 310 feet

City Hall Latitude: 47.60137 N

City Hall Longitude: 122.03671 W

City bond rating: AAA (Standard and Poor’s)

Incorporation date: Aug. 31, 1999

Form of government: City Council/City Manager

 

Vision

The vision of Sammamish is a community of families. A blend of small-town atmosphere with a suburban character, the city also enjoys a unique core of urban lifestyles and conveniences. It is characterized by quality neighborhoods, vibrant natural features, and outstanding recreational opportunities. A variety of community gathering places provide numerous civic, cultural, and educational opportunities. Residents are actively involved in the decisions that shape the community and ensure a special sense of place.

Kids enjoy a summer concert

Accordingly, the city's Comprehensive Plan, adopted by the City Council on September 25, 2003, is intended to:

  • Maintain a small-town atmosphere and suburban character so that new development will complement Sammamish’s existing character as well as allow for diversity and creativity;
  • Provide a family friendly, kid safe community;
  • Encourage community gathering spaces which invite human presence, arouse curiosity, pique interest and allow for the interaction of people;
  • Establish a unique sense of place for visitors and residents;
  • Respect the character and integrity of existing neighborhoods;
  • Preserve trees and green ways by encouraging the preservation or development of large areas of greenery which provide a visual impact as opposed to creating small areas of unusable residue;
  • Protect and enhance streams, wetlands and wildlife corridors;
  • Maintain a harmonious relationship between the natural environment and future urban development;
  • Create a safe and interesting network of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding;
  • Establish a park and recreation system that meets the high standards of the community;
  • Provide accessible, quality government service and encourage active, involved citizens;
  • Develop civic and cultural opportunities and experiences.

 

Privacy

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