This city is located 15 miles east of Seattle in King County, Washington. Luke McRedmond founded the city in 1870, hence its name, which was later changed from "Salmon town" to "Redmond" in 1883.
The economic boom in Redmond began after the postwar years, when Redmond experienced slower growth. From 1951 to 1967, a number of annexations led to a 30x growth of the city. As of today, the population of Redmond is estimated to be around 65,000, making it one of the best places to live in the United States.
Redmond has a high median income and a high cost of living. According to recent estimates, the average household income in the city is just under $100,000, and the average home value is over $649,000.
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It is well-known as Microsoft's headquarters, with nearly 35,000 employees. Other top employers in the area include Terex, AT&T Mobility, and Nintendo of America, as well as companies like Honeywell and AeroJet.
There are many bike parks in Redmond, and the city is bike-friendly for commuting/transportation as well as recreation. Bicycle lanes and walking trails are widely available in the city.
Transit is also well developed in Redmond. Several bus routes are operated by Sound Transit and King County Metro Transit in the area, and there are plans to implement a light rail transit system that will connect Redmond, Bellevue, Seattle, and many other cities in Greater Seattle. The 520 and 202 state routes pass through the area, and the I-405 beltway is also nearby.
In Redmond, there are 29 elementary schools, seven middle schools, four high schools, and a Transition Academy under the Lake Washington School District. As well as public schools, the area has a number of charter and private schools. Several post-secondary institutions are available in the area, including the DigiPen Institute of Technology and the Lake Washington Technical College Redmond Campus.
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