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Shoreline, Washington

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Shoreline, Washington
Shoreline City Hall
Shoreline City Hall
Location of Shoreline, Washington
Location of Shoreline, Washington
Coordinates: 47°45′23″N 122°20′23″W / 47.75639°N 122.33972°W / 47.75639; -122.33972
CountryUnited States
 • TypeCity Council (7 members)
 • Mayor (selected from City Council)Will Hall [1]
 • Total12.44 sq mi (32.21 km2)
 • Land11.63 sq mi (30.13 km2)
 • Water0.80 sq mi (2.08 km2)
476 ft (145 m)
 • Total53,007
 • Estimate 
 • RankUS: 674th
WA: 22nd
 • Density4,901.33/sq mi (1,892.46/km2)
Time zoneUTC−8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
98133, 98155, 98177
Area code(s)206
FIPS code53-63960
GNIS feature ID1699810[5]

Shoreline is a city in King County, Washington, United States. It is located between the city limits of Seattle and the Snohomish County border, approximately 9 miles (14 km) north of Downtown Seattle. As of the 2010 census, the population of Shoreline was 53,007, making it the 20th largest city in the state; by 2020, the population had risen to an estimated 57,497.[6] Based on per capita income, one of the more reliable measures of affluence, Shoreline ranks 91st of 522 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked.


Shoreline began in 1890 with the platting of the neighborhood of Richmond Beach, on Puget Sound, in anticipation of the arrival of the Great Northern Railway the next year. Over the next two decades, Shoreline was connected to Seattle via the Seattle-Everett Interurban streetcar line (1906) and North Trunk Road (now Aurora Avenue N., State Route 99) (1913), helping to increase its population.

The name "Shoreline" was applied to this stretch of unincorporated King County in 1944 when it was given to the school district, since the school district boundaries stretched from "Shore to Shore" (Puget Sound to Lake Washington) and "Line to Line" (the old Seattle city limit of 85th St to the Snohomish County Line). Though the modern borders of the city do not stretch to Lake Washington, the area has kept the "Shoreline" name.

After the incorporation of Lake Forest Park in 1961, the remainder of the Shoreline School District remained an unincorporated portion of King County. The school district remained the main identifier for the area for several decades; a set of welcome signs were installed in 1983 by the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce bearing the name.[7] The City of Seattle began studying an annexation of the area in 1988, causing local residents to organize an incorporation measure to retain their separate school system.[8] A half-century after it had been named, on August 31, 1995, Shoreline was officially incorporated as a code city, and it adopted the council–manager form of government.


Shoreline contracts with the King County Sheriff's Office for police services. Deputies assigned to Shoreline wear city uniforms and drive patrol cars marked with the city logo. As of 2012, there are 52 full-time employees assigned to the Shoreline Police Department.[9] The Shoreline Police Department has a burglary/larceny unit, traffic unit, and a street crimes unit.[10]


Shoreline is located at 47°45′23″N 122°20′23″W / 47.75639°N 122.33972°W / 47.75639; -122.33972 (47.756519, -122.339657).[11]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.70 square miles (30.30 km2), of which, 11.67 square miles (30.23 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.[12] The city of Shoreline also contains a gated community, The Highlands, which manages its utilities separately from Shoreline. The Richmond Beach neighborhood occupies the northwest corner of the city, around 47°46′10″N 122°23′24″W / 47.7695415°N 122.3901313°W / 47.7695415; -122.3901313.[13][14]

Shoreline's 25 parks hold a total of 330 acres (130 ha) of park land. Boeing Creek and Shoreview Park, which abuts Shoreline Community College, contains Boeing Creek, flowing on its way to Hidden Lake and Puget Sound.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)57,027[3]7.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]
U.S. Census Estimate (2019)[6]

2010 census

As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 53,007 people, 21,561 households, and 13,168 families living in the city. The population density was 4,542.2 inhabitants per square mile (1,753.8/km2). There were 22,787 housing units at an average density of 1,952.6 per square mile (753.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 71.4% White, 5.0% African American, 0.8% Native American, 15.2% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 2.2% from other races, and 5.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.6% of the population.

There were 21,561 households, of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.9% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 42.1 years. 19.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.7% were from 25 to 44; 30.9% were from 45 to 64; and 15.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 53,025 people, 20,716 households, and 13,486 families living in the city. The population density was 4,546.0/sq mi (1,755.2/km2). There were 21,338 housing units at an average density of 1,829.4/sq mi (706.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 76.99% White, 2.77% African American, 0.91% Native American, 13.23% Asian, 0.32% Pacific Islander, 1.51% from other races, and 4.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.87% of the population.

There were 20,716 households, out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 22.5% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $51,658, and the median income for a family was $61,450. Males had a median income of $40,955 versus $33,165 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,959. About 4.4% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.


Presidential election results[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2020 18.30% 6,395 78.92% 27,584 2.79% 974
2016 17.99% 5,484 72.69% 22,152 9.32% 2,841
2012 24.24% 7,123 72.73% 21,376 3.03% 890
2008 25.06% 7,184 72.88% 20,895 2.06% 591
2004 31.23% 8,730 67.27% 18,806 1.50% 420

As a close-in suburb of Seattle, Shoreline's politics lean to the left. In recent years, its voting habits - as well as those of neighboring Lake Forest Park - have become even more similar to those of Seattle, overwhelmingly in support of Democratic politicians.


Shoreline is divided into 14 neighborhoods, according to the city government's designation.[17] The neighborhood boundaries have been laid out more-or-less rectangularly according to street maps, rather than following socioeconomic or natural boundaries.

The city maintains a council of neighborhoods, with the intent of bringing together community leaders from each of the neighborhoods for discussions and coordination of city programs that affect the neighborhoods.[18]

If its offer to annex Point Wells is accepted by the developer, Shoreline will extend into south Snohomish County.[19] As of 2018, this issue has not been finalized.[20]

City landmarks

The City of Shoreline has designated the following landmarks:

Landmark Built Listed Address Photo
William E. Boeing House[21] 1914 1994 The Highlands
Crawford Store (Godfrey Building)[21] 1922 1985 2411 NW 195th Place

In addition, the city designates the following "community landmark":

Landmark Built Listed Address Photo
Ronald Grade School[21] 1912 1995 749 N 175th Street
Shoreline, WA - Ronald School 01.jpg


Companies and organizations based in Shoreline include Crista Ministries

Points of interest

Sister city


School districts

Private schools



  1. ^ "Shoreline City Council". City of Shoreline. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in Washington: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2019". United States Census Bureau. May 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
  5. ^ "Shoreline". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  6. ^ a b "World Population Review population estimate for Shoreline WA in 2020". World Population Review. May 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  7. ^ Bergsman, Jerry (July 6, 1983). "Identity: 'Undefinded' Shoreline area moves toward putting itself on map". The Seattle Times. p. G1.
  8. ^ Carter, Don (January 10, 1998). "Fine schools draw many to community". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. p. D1.
  9. ^ "City of Shoreline Police Service Report 2012" (PDF). Chief Shawn Ledford, City of Shoreline Police Department. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
  10. ^ "Police Department". Archived from the original on 7 February 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  12. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 12, 2012. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
  13. ^ "Richmond Beach". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  14. ^ "Map of Richmond Beach". Richmond Beach Community Association. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  15. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  16. ^ King County Elections
  17. ^ "Neighborhood Association Contacts". City of Shoreline. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  18. ^ "Council of Neighborhoods". City of Shoreline. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
  19. ^ "Shoreline offers to annex planned Point Wells development". The Seattle Times. August 30, 2011.
  20. ^ Point Wells News (summary to July 2018)
  21. ^ a b c King County and Local Landmarks List, King County (undated, last modified February 26, 2003). Accessed online May 8, 2009.
  22. ^ Brice, Pamela (February 25, 2008). "Shoreline delegation heads to South Korea". Shoreline / Lake Forest Park Enterprise. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  23. ^ Daybert, Amy (March 4, 2008). "Shoreline's sister pays a visit". The Enterprise. Retrieved January 14, 2018.

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