Issaquah – Natural Beauty City
Located 16 miles east of Seattle, Issaquah lies near many natural parks, including the Lake Sammamish State Park and the beautiful Cougar Mountain on the other side. Rapid development of residential homes has led to a nice blend between nature and upsacle neighborhoods.
The average home cost in Issaquah costs in the mid $300,000. Prices tend to range from $300,000 up to over a million. Available housing in Issaquah is residential, lot and land investment properties and beautiful waterfront homes.
As of the census of 2000, there are 11,212 people, 4,840 households, and 2,908 families residing in the city. The population density is 514.1/km² (1,330.9/mi²). There are 5,195 housing units at an average density of 238.2/km² (616.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 87.95% White, 0.88% African American, 0.63% Native American, 6.04% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 1.46% from other races, and 2.93% from two or more races. 4.95% of the population is Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 4,840 households out of which 29.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% are married couples living together, 9.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 39.9% are non-families. 31.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.27 and the average family size is 2.87.
In the city the population is spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 36.5% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 88.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $57,892, and the median income for a family is $77,274. Males have a median income of $55,049 versus $36,670 for females. The per capita income for the city is $34,222. 4.8% of the population and 3.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 5.5% of those under the age of 18 and 4.7% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
The neighboring highlands are called the Issaquah Alps and feature hiking trails and outdoor activity throughout the three mountains making up the Issaquah Alps. There are also many cultural and historical activities to be found in the town of Issaquah itself.
This is a two-day International award winning festival held in Issaquah on the 1st full weekend of October each year, initiated by a parade, celebrating the return of the salmon to its birth waters, Issaquah's history, culture, and diverse peoples. This free festival encompasses many arts and crafts conventions, attracting northwest artists, featuring wood, glass, jewelry, pottery and metal artworks for sale. There are 4 stages of entertainment. Sporting events include a 5/10K Run, Fencing Invitational, Bike Rides, and Golf Tournament. A "Field of Fun" for kids of all ages, with free activities, thanks to the many Festival Spawnsors. Be sure to visit the newly restored Salmon Hatchery to view the returning salmon upclose.
Cougar Mountain Zoo
Located on the north slope of Cougar Mountain, just to the west of Issaquah. This small zoo offers a glimpse at many endangered species from around the world, including many endangered birds and many small monkeys from Madagascar. The highlight of the zoo for many are the Cougars: every Saturday, the zoo's two cougars (mountain lions) are herded into a pen, while zoo employees carry chunks of meat into the cougar's habitat, hiding them in cracks of rocks, on tree branches, and even in the open. Once the employees are safe outside, the cougars are released into the habitat to search for their lunch, with often comical results: due to the cougars' poor eyesight and sense of smell, they sometimes step on pieces of meat without noticing it. Each December the zoo also offers a special Reindeer Festival, during which people may come feed and pet "Santa's Reindeer".
Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is located on the Issaquah Creek within the city limits of Issaquah. The hatchery is owned and operated by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH) is a volunteer organization that provides volunteer guides for tours of the hatchery. Local elementary schools often raise money for small numbers of salmon eggs to the spawned in the hatchery and released into the sea as part of their science classes while learning about the life cycles of fish. The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is located in near the cultural and geographical heart of Issaquah.
Gilman Village is a collection of some of the Northwest's oldest buildings, now converted into a shopping and cultural center in downtown Issaquah. As nearby towns and cities such as Bellevue and Seattle began to grow and expand at a greatly increased rate in the late 1980's, local residents and long-time companies teamed up to form Gilman Village. They decided to find as many of the earliest buildings in western Washington and move them into Issaquah for preservation and awareness, purchasing and transporting many into Issaquah. Over 18 of the Northwest's oldest buildings are now located and preserved, some partially reconstructed, in Gilman Village.