The health and safety of our residents and visitors is the highest priority of the City of Kirkland. As part of King County, Kirkland is in Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s “Safe Start” re-opening. Although many City services are available online, City Hall and most City buildings are closed to the public as part of our response to COVID-19.

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Relocate To Kirkland

Kirkland is one of the most livable cities in America. In a 2020 ranking of Best Beach Towns to Live In in America, Kirkland ranked 6th in the nation. Highly livable, friendly, community minded and beautiful, readers of the popular 425 Magazine voted Kirkland the 2020 Best City by , an award our city has repeatedly won.

Kirkland is located on the shore of Lake Washington a stone’s throw from Seattle. Our 'big small city' offers the conveniences of a large metropolis, characterized by the personal feel of a small town. Kirkland prides itself on its strong sense of community, features unique neighborhoods and places a strong emphasis on maintaining a highly desirable quality of life for its residents. Kirkland takes great pride in its 13 neighborhoods, each of which possesses a distinct identity. Neighborhood Associations feature community members who take an active role in preserving their neighborhood’s character and style.

Kirkland is a vibrant, lakeside oasis that buzzes with Northwest spirit, welcomes with relaxed charm and showcases water views at every turn. Our delightful downtown core offers a pedestrian-friendly mix of boutiques, locally owned coffee shops, health and beauty spas and an eclectic mix of award-winning dining. An extensive network of parks connects Kirkland’s diverse and intrepid urbanites with nature and recreation. World class entertainment and galleries beckon culture lovers. Residents as well as visitors love to unwind on the lake shore and recreate, choosing their own adventures; on foot, by bicycle or boat, or by the fire with wineglass in hand. Kirkland welcomes you, welcomes newcomers. We are a dynamic city, alive with the arts, at home with our enterprising heritage, and in love with our unique lifestyle. Come and unwind, come and experience, come and stay.

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Water Activities

Kirkland is home to beautiful waterfront parks and beaches with an array of boating activities. Spectacular year-round sunsets reflect the mood of the region and the season.

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