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Sammamish comes from two Native American words, Samena = hunter and mish = people. The city incorporated in 1999 with a vision to have quality neighborhoods, vibrant natural features, and outstanding recreational opportunities. In the years since incorporation, the city has worked hard at meeting these goals, with residents actively involved in the decision making. Sammamish has many community gathering places including a planned Signature Sammamish Facility in the works. Two large parks on lakes are especially nice, Pine Lake Park and Beaver Lake Park. Homes in many neighborhoods have community walking trails directly linked to these outdoor locations. A city goal is to create a network of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Sammamish tries to preserve trees and green ways by encouraging the preservation of large areas of greenery instead of the creation of small areas of unusable greenways.
Sammamish Statistics and Demographics
2010 population: 45,780
Median age: 37.7
Median family income: $135,085
Median home price: $535,000
Residents living in owner-occupied housing units: 41,011
Residents living in renter-occupied housing units: 4,670
Residents 18 or older: 31,017 (67.8% of city population)
Average family size: 3.3
Race/ethnicity: white 74.7%, Asian 19.3%, two or more races 3.7%, black 1%, other race 1.3%
Average elevation: 310 feet
Incorporation date: Aug. 31, 1999
Form of government: City Council/City Manager