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Sammamish is a recently-incorporated city on Seattle's Eastside and a highly-coveted location. Ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. by CNN Money in 2011, Sammamish has good schools, great recreation, and a beautiful landscape. The city's 46,000 residents voted to incorporate in 1999, creating its name from its long shoreline on Lake Sammamish. Two other lakes of note in Sammamish are Beaver Lake and Pine Lake, and some of the area's most luxurious waterfront homes can be found on Sammamish's shorelines. Served by both Lake Washington School District and Issaquah School District, Sammamish also has a private option with Eastside Catholic School.
Sammamish (/səˈmæmɪʃ/) is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 45,780 at the 2010 census and an estimated 65,892 in 2019. Located on a plateau, the city is bordered by Lake Sammamish to the west and the Snoqualmie Valley to the east.
The Sammamish Plateau was part of unincorporated King County for most of its recorded history. The first settlers arrived in the late 19th century and established a trio of resorts by the 1930s. The plateau remained a mostly rural area until suburban homes, shopping centers, and schools were built in the 1970s and 1980s. A vote in 1991 to join neighboring Issaquah failed, as did a vote on incorporation the following year. A renewed movement to become a city, born of frustration with development policies set by the county government, met with voter approval in 1998. Sammamish was officially incorporated on August 31, 1999. The city annexed Klahanie on January 1, 2016.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.47 square miles (47.84 km2), of which 18.22 square miles (47.19 km2) are land and 0.25 square miles (0.65 km2) are water.
The city is situated on the shores and hilly terrain east of Lake Sammamish. It is bordered to the south by Issaquah, to the northwest by Redmond, and to the west across Lake Sammamish by Bellevue. Beaver Lake and Pine Lake are the two biggest lakes in Sammamish.
Sammamish has a mild Marine West Coast or oceanic climate. Extremes range from −8 °F (−22 °C) in February 1950, to 104 °F (40 °C) in July 2009.
Sammamish has nine parks (Beaver Lake Park, Big Rock Park, East Sammamish Park, Ebright Creek Park, Evans Creek Preserve, NE Sammamish Park, Pine Lake Park, Sammamish Commons, Sammamish Landing). Soaring Eagle Regional Park and Duthie Hill Park abut the city and are on the plateau. East Lake Sammamish Trail runs along Lake Sammamish and connects to a regional trail system.
The Sammamish City Council is elected by the community. Of the seven council members, two members are elected as Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Council meetings are held at City Hall, part of the Sammamish Commons, which is also the site of Sammamish Library, a branch of the King County Library System.
Sammamish does not have its own post office. Eastside Fire and Rescue is contracted to provide fire services. Sammamish contracts with the King County Sheriff's Office for police services. Deputies assigned to Sammamish wear city uniforms and drive patrol cars marked with the city logo.
Sammamish's public school system is served by two school districts.
North Sammamish is served by Lake Washington School District and has two high schools (Eastlake, Tesla STEM), two middle schools (Inglewood, Renaissance School of Art and Reasoning), and five elementary schools (Elizabeth Blackwell, Rachel Carson, Christa McAuliffe, Margaret Mead, Samantha Smith).
South Sammamish is served by Issaquah School District and has one high school (Skyline), two middle schools (Beaver Lake, Pine Lake), and six elementary schools (Cascade Ridge, Challenger, Creekside, Discovery, Endeavour, Sunny Hills).
Eastside Catholic School is a private school in the city.
Central Washington University is a public university that opened a Sammamish-based location on Sept. 20, 2017.
Sammamish is served by two major north–south roads: East Lake Sammamish Parkway and 228th Avenue. They connect to State Route 202 to the north, providing access to Redmond, and Interstate 90 to the south in Issaquah. A regional freeway, Interstate 605, has been proposed several times since the 1960s to run through Sammamish, but has not been built.
Bus service is provided by King County Metro routes 216, 219, 269, and Sound Transit Express route 554 to Redmond, Issaquah, and Downtown Seattle. South Sammamish Park and Ride is the city's transit center with 265 parking stalls. Metro began running dial-a-ride buses to the Sammamish Plateau in 1993, and later extended commuter services in the early 2000s.
The King County government began construction of a 11-mile (18 km) bike trail on the east side of Lake Sammamish in 1998, replacing a disused railway.