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Kirkland is a city in King County, Washington, United States. It is a suburb of Seattle on the Eastside (of Lake Washington). The population was 48,787 at the 2010 census makes it the 9th largest city in King County and the 20th largest city in the state. Effective June 1, 2011, Kirkland added approximately 33,000 residents by annexation, making it the 6th largest city in King County and the 12th largest in the state.

The median income for a household in the city was $60,332, and the median income for a family was $73,395. Males had a median income of $50,691 versus $39,737 for females. The per capita income for the city was $38,903. Based on per capita income, Kirkland ranks 14 out of 522 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked. About 3.9% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over. Like most of its Eastside neighbors, it is relatively affluent but dependent in large part on nearby technology firms such as Redmond-based Microsoft.

Features of the city include the unique downtown waterfront (the only Eastside downtown frontage along Lake Washington's shoreline), with restaurants, art galleries, a 400 seat performing arts center, public parks, including beaches, and a collection of public art, primarily bronze sculptures. During the summer, local residents of neighboring cities like Holmes Point, Juanita Point, Forbes CreekNorth Juanita and Rose Hill flock to Kirkland to visit Kirkland's many waterfront parks on Lake Washington. Kirkland has neighborhood parks as well, and abuts the equestrian Bridle Trails State Park. Kirkland waterfront parks are linked by a paved trail which is open till dusk. Juanita Bay Park is another major park in Kirkland, and is a tourist attraction.

Kirkland is home to Lake Washington Technical College and Northwest University, formerly Northwest College of the Assemblies of God. Kirkland is in the Lake Washington School District. Secondary schools located in the city include: Juanita High School, Lake Washington High School, International Community School (7-12) and B.E.S.T. High School.

The city of Kirkland has designated two buildings as city landmarks. They are Heritage Hall(First Church of Christ built in 1922) and Peter Kirk Building(Built in 1890-92).

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