Kirkland named in Top 10 Best U.S. Cities for STEM workers

Kirkland ranked in Top 10 by Livability.com.

  • Thursday, July 5, 2018 8:30am
  • Life

Kirkland has been named in the Top 10 Best Cities to live for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workers.

The editors of Livability.com looked at more than 2,000 cities across the U.S. according to share of total jobs falling into the STEM category, median income for jobs in the STEM category and median income for STEM jobs in relation to the overall median income for the city.

According to the Livability.com, Kirkland has “approximately 9,600 STEM-related jobs, accounting for 27.7 percent of the total workforce”, which is the sixth-highest percentage in the country. Kirkland’s “median income of STEM jobs is $122,309”, which is the eighth-highest in the nation. This, and the location of technology giant Google in the heart of Kirkland, all factored into Kirkland’s ranking in the Top 10 Best Cities for STEM workers.

“We are thrilled that the City of Kirkland has been recognized as one of the top ten Cities to live for STEM workers,” said Kirkland Mayor, Amy Walen in a press release. “Our goal is to attract, retain and grow a diverse and stable economic base and employment opportunities. This ranking highlights Kirkland’s strong economy and position as a major player in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics sector, amongst others”.

In addition to being named one of the top 10 best cities for STEM workers, Kirkland also earned 40th position in the 2018 Top 100 Best Places to Live.

Livability.com explores small-to-medium sized cities across the country, and what makes them great places to live. Through research studies, articles, photography and video, they examine community amenities, education, sustainability, transportation, housing and the economy and leverage that expertise to develop city rankings for a range of topics.

For more information, visit Livability.com or contact Ellen Miller-Wolfe at EMiller-Wolfe@kirklandwa.gov or (425) 587-3014.

More in Life

‘Alaska Suite’ performance set for Jan. 18

The show will be at Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church and feature live music, spoken word, images and poetry.

LWSD budget earns meritorious budget award for second year

Award reflects district’s strategic goal of being fiscally responsible.

Kirkland resident earns Community Hero Award

Joshua Reiss, who helped save a fellow citizen’s life, encourages CPR training.

Attendees at a hand lettering class at The Heathman Hotel in Kirkland on Dec. 9, taught by Camille Robinson of Robinson Paperie, practice their newly acquired skills. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
Holiday lettering at Kirkland’s Heathman Hotel

Camille Robinson teaches a hand lettering class to spruce up seasonal letters

As 2018 real estate market wraps up, buyers and sellers prepare for the year ahead

To list or not to list during the holidays? That is the question.

Google hosted their fourth annual musical holiday lights show on the Cross Kirkland Corridor on Dec. 7. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.
Google lights up the night along Cross Kirkland Corridor

City of Kirkland and Google gather for holiday fun

Signups open for Kirkland Nourishing Network food boxes for winter break

The group’s goal is to collect and distribute more than 400 boxes of food to families.

LWSD honors community partners and celebrates student success during American Education Week

The week seeks to raise awareness of the importance of public education.

Carmelo Ramirez (left) and owner, Mike Wehrle receive customers in their Kirkland lot on 1006 Lake St. S . Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
Kirkland’s MJW Services includes holiday cheer in its landscaping services

MJW has helped families find their perfect Christmas tree since 1994.

What I eat in a day: Eating nutritiously on a busy schedule

Some tips on how to eat healthier on a daily basis.

Kirkland lights holiday tree at Winterfest

The family-friendly event also featured photo opportunities with llamas and Santa.

Kirkland City Hall. Reporter file photo
ORCA and Transit for All at Kirkland City Hall set for Dec. 8

Reduced-fare ORCA cards for youth, seniors, and low-income individuals as well as individuals with disabilities will be available.