Located between Washington's dramatic Cascade mountain range and majestic Puget Sound, and surrounded by lush evergreen forests, Redmond is known for its natural beauty and tech-savvy population. In a city with 34 parks and over 25 miles of trails, it is easy to forget that you are only 20 minutes from downtown Seattle and a short ride away from great skiing at Snoqualmie Resort! Arts and entertainment are alive in Redmond too, with live theatre, music, film, literary arts and outdoor sculptures for every taste.
On top of all that, you'll discover an abundance of first-class places to shop or stay and dine, one of them being; Redmond Town Center, which features 110 unique shops, 17 restaurants and two luxury theaters. This shopping area is further enhanced by the adjacent downtown district along Redmond Way and Cleveland Street. Shoppers can explore the unique shops, restaurants, bicycle shops, and sporting goods stores in the historic area of downtown Redmond as well as in the Redmond Center, Bella Bottega, Cleveland Street Square, and Bear Creek Shopping Center areas. Due to its large population of highly paid tech workers, especially those of Microsoft, Nintendo & ATT & T Wireless, Redmond is known for its affluence. Based on per capita income, Redmond ranks 20th of 522 areas in the state of Washington. Other companies with headquarters in Redmond include Concur, Visible.net and Data I/O Corporation. Redmond has abundant job opportunities as well as outdoor activities.
Redmond's nickname, "Bicycle Capital of the Northwest," is well deserved. Explore Redmond's bicycle paths and enjoy hiking the trails that surround this beautiful city. Redmond has an extensive park and trail system throughout the city and portions of King County. King County's most popular park, more than 3 million people visit Marymoor in Redmond annually. Marymoor's 640 acres of recreational activities, rare amenities, and culturally-enriching events. Enjoy everything from outdoor concerts (Arts in the Parks summer concerts; Redmond Town Center's Summer Concert Series; and the City of Redmond's Winter Performance Series).
Redmond also celebrates yearly events, the most popular being Redmond Derby Days which is an annual community festival featuring bicycle races. Redmond feeds into the Lake Washington School District and Northshore School District. It is also home to the top college of video game development; DigiPenn Institute of Technology as well as Lake Washington Technical College.
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