Kirkland is a growing, prosperous and diverse community that attracts people from all over the world. Kirkland’s population has grown to be 82,590 making it the 6th largest city in King County and the 12th largest in Washington State.
Along with population growth, Kirkland is becoming a more diverse community. Between 2000 and 2010, Kirkland’s minority population grew from 14.5% to 20.7%. With the growth of the region’s high-tech and computer industries, Kirkland is becoming a younger city as well. In 2010, roughly 50% of the population was between the ages of 25-54.
Kirkland is home to 37,450 households. As of 2012, Kirkland’s median age is 36.6 years and median household income is $86,656.
As of 2012, Kirkland has 4,842 registered businesses and employs 31,254 people. Roughly 40 percent are home-based businesses, and between 15 percent and 20 percent of these are involved in software development.
Kirkland is expecting a growth spurt to accommodate 8,361 new housing units and 22,435 new jobs by 2035, which averages out to about 363 housing units per year and 975 jobs per year. For comparison purposes, from 2006-2011 the city gained about 1,500 units for the six-year period or around 250 units per year.