Quality of Life in Redmond
Redmond is known for its high quality of life, with good schools, a healthy economic base, a parks system that provides a variety of active and passive recreational opportunities, diverse offerings for shopping and dining, safe neighborhoods, very low crime, and an emphasis on quality development and environmental stewardship.
A Walking/Biking Community
Our two urban centers, Downtown and Overlake, are emerging as thriving neighborhoods where thousands of people live and work. Residents enjoy walking from their homes to restaurants, shops and area businesses, and appreciate the countless amenities of an urban lifestyle.
Community members, employees and visitors alike love strolling along the redesigned streets and trails and enjoy an abundance of transportation choices. With more than 35% of residents born outside of the U.S., the city’s arts and events offer opportunities for cultural sharing and community engagement.
Redmond is ideal for families of all sizes. Redmond is relatively young, with a median age of 34.4 years; and culturally diverse, with more than 46% of residents speaking a language other than English. Redmond is a safe community, with violent crime 83% lower than the national average, and 78% lower than the Washington State average. Redmond’s education system is second-to-none, and the city boasts a variety of events and activities for all ages and interests. Redmond’s Lake Washington School District is one of the highest rated in the state and Redmond’s Tesla STEM High School is ranked among the best in the state.
Excellent schools and a strong economy make buying a home in Redmond an excellent investment. Since 2009 median home sales prices have never fallen below $400,000 and have in certain instances, achieved parity with pre-recession price levels in the mid – $700,000’s. Prices per square foot have, since 2009 historical, ranged between $200- $300. On average rents in Redmond are competitive with those in Bellevue and Seattle. Most landlords require credit checks. Most leases require a one year term.
Redmond’s mission is to deliver our community’s priorities in support of a dynamic Redmond where all can live, play, work, and invest. Redmond is a community of connected neighborhoods with vibrant urban centers – inspired by nature, powered by innovation, and committed to excellence.
Redmond offers a wide range of convenient transportation options, with even more on the way — SoundTransit will be opening multiple stations across Redmond within the next several years.
An Active Region of Attractions and Activities
Redmond is ideally located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, a thriving region of abundant activities and attractions.
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