Early Kenmore residents were mill workers and many others enjoyed the hunting and fishing opportunities here. Population grew after World War I, and by the end of the 20th century, Kenmore found itself in an uncomfortably tight situation between the expanding cities of Bothell and Lake Forest Park. The community already had 17,000 residents, and with more on the way a new plan for managing all of the people was needed. So, in 1998, the town incorporated and has enjoyed harmony and prosperity ever since.
Who Lives Here?
- Stretching Couples - High-income, high- expense suburban couples.
- These married couples without children earn handsome salaries, but have significantly higher mortgages than the national average. Most own their homes, and some have a college education.
- Single in the Suburbs - Middle- to upper-income singles living in the suburbs.
- Singles ranging in age from 30s to 60s who earn a comfortable income. Some own their homes, and their careers range from management to service industry.
- Dollars and Sense - Suburban, financially savvy families.
- More than 20% of these middle-aged married couples with children have a second mortgage or home equity loan. Most earn moderate incomes and work in management or professional occupations.
- Country Clubbers - Wealthy married couples with children.
- These affluent families live a very comfortable life in the suburbs. More than 20% have a family income over $125,000. Most have earned a college or graduate school degree, and most own their homes.
- Suburban Climbers - Younger suburban singles.
- Aspiring singles climbing the corporate ladder and calling the suburbs home. Age ranges from mid-20s to mid-40s. Most rent their homes.
|Median Household Income||$61,756|
|Homes With Kids||31%|
|Commute Time||30 min|
Activities and Attractions
The most widely known attraction in Kenmore is Saint Edward State Park, which has a rich history all its own. Originally a Native American camping and fishing ground, the land was purchased by the Archdiocese of Seattle and a Catholic seminary school was built. Eventually, the land was sold back to the state to be used as a park. Now, there are many miles of trails, waterfront activities, and one of the coolest play structures you’ll ever see.
Other local gems include Golden Fleece Billiards, where you can knock around a few balls for fun or join in one of their many tournaments, Snapdoodle Toys, which not only sells fun things for kids but also holds arts and crafts classes, and Ikiiki Sushi.
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