All you need to know about Sammamish, WA
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Overview: The name Sammamish is derived from two Native American words: samena – hunter and mish – people. Situated on the shores and hilly terrain east of Lake Sammamish, the city features a landscape of trees, mountains, and lakes. Other than Lake Sammamish, Beaver Lake and Pine Lake are the two biggest lakes in Sammamish. Forbes ranked Sammamish, in 2012, as the friendliest town in the United States.
Best of Eating: Sammamish Cafe, Pine Lake Ale House, August Moon Chinese Restaurant, La Casita, JaK's Grill, Mod Pizza,
Best of Drinking: Pine Lake Ale House, Big Block Brewery, The Joker, PostDoc Brewery, The Woodinville Wineries,
Dancing: Downtown Bellevue or Seattle.
Colleges: Bellevue College
High Schools: Eastlake High School, Eastside Catholic School, Skyline High School
Middle Schools: Beaver Lake Middle School, Inglewood Middle School, Pine Lake Middle, School, Renaissance School of Art and Reasoning
Elementary Schools: Discovery, Cascade Ridge, Challenger, Christa McAuliffe, Creekside, Elizabeth Blackwell, Margaret Mead, Rachel Carson, Samantha Smith, Sunny Hills
School District(s): Lake Washington School District, Issaquah School District
Recreation / Trails: Lake Sammamish and Issaquah's Lake Sammamish State Park offer water recreation. There are many hiking trails and scenic woods around the housing developments. Parks include: Beaver Lake Park, Pine Lake Park, NE Sammamish Park, East Sammamish Park, and Ebright Creek Park, Soaring Eagle Park and the Sammamish Commons. The Eastlake Sammamish Trail, opened in April 2006, connects to a regional trail system which includes King County's Marymoor Park. A skatepark is located adjacent to the Sammamish City hall, across from Skyline High School. The Sammamish Community YMCA, opened in April 2016, is located behind Sammamish City Hall. Sammamish is home to two private golf clubs: The Plateau Club and Sahalee Country Club. Sahalee has hosted the PGA Championship in 1998, NEC World Golf Championship in 2002, the USGA Senior Open in 2010, and KPMG Women's PGA Championship in 2016.
Culture: Sammamish Arts Fair
Things to do: Summer concerts in the Park, Sammamish Farmer’s Market, Nightmare at Beaver Lake, Rig-A-Palooza
Commute times: Average Commute Times:
- Sammamish-Bellevue: 16 min. / 10 miles
- Sammamish-Redmond: 10 min. / 6 miles
- Sammamish-Seattle: 25 min. / 18 miles
Public Transit: Bus service is provided by King County Metro and Sound Transit. The Eastside hub for the King Country Metro & Sound Transit. It is served by both local & regional buses.
Demographics: As of the 2010 Census, there were 45,780 people (2016 Est 60,000), 15,154 households, and 12,918 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 74.7% White, 1.0% African American, 0.3% Native American, 19.3% Asian, and 3.7% Other.
External Links: Official Site; Visitors Bureau
City Hall: 801 228th Ave SE, Sammamish, WA 98075 425.295.0500, www.sammamish.us
Chamber of Commerce: 704 228th Ave NE #123, Sammamish, WA 98074 425.681.4910 www.sammamishchamber.org
Library: 825 228th Ave NE, Sammamish, WA 98074 425.392.3130
School Districts: Lake Washington School District 425.702.3200; Issaquah School District 425.837.7000. Snoqualmie Valley School District 425.831.8000.
Utilities: Gas/Electricity: PSE (Puget Sound Energy) 888.225.5773 or 425.455.5120
Water/Sewer: NE Sammamish Water & Sewer 425.868.1144; Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer 425.392.6256
Refuse Collection: SnoKing Waste Management 425.814.9240; Republic Services 425.392.6651
Typical Tax Rate: $10.80/$1,000 assessed valuation
Median Household Income: $144,775
Average Rent: 2 BR, $2,000
Median Prices: Homes $700,000, Condos 365,000