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

Kirkland ranked in Top 10 by

  • 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 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, 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. 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 or contact Ellen Miller-Wolfe at or (425) 587-3014.

More in Life

From left: Flower Pot program chair Anne Hess, KDA executive director Michael Friedline, and Flower Pot program chair Kathy Feek pose near flower pots in downtown Kirkland with a sample of the new plaques. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.
Looking to adopt a flower pot?

Kirkland Downtown Association continues to keep downtown beautiful and vibrant.

Ayuka Sakak, Hadley Cole, KJ Bradley, Cate Harrington, Willow Cook and Shreya Jaisingh of the LEGO Lassies were acknowledged for their accomplishments at the Kirkland City Council meeting on April 2. Courtesy photo.
Kirkland Council proclaims April LEGO Lassies month

The sixth-grade robotics team will be going to the world championships next week.

Kirkland’s Vortex Music Movies celebrates Record Store Day with local artists

Smuggling Croissants, Mister Blank, Ouija Boob, Floral Tattoo and other local artists performed at at the shop.

Courtesy photo
                                Sophia Gonzalez of ICS was the 151st Coca Cola Scholar at this year’s Scholar’s Banquet in Atlanta, GA.
Two LWSD students receive $20,000 Coca Cola scholarships

Sarah Raza (RHS) and Sophia Gonzalez (ICS) were selected for their community service work.

St. Jude Parish members assembled Need Kits with hygiene products at the annual Service Day on March 30. Need Kits were also assembled by elders of 10 assisted living communities. The elderly also donated motivational art cards to put inside each kit. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
St. Jude’s Service Day Program helps combat poverty

The annual service day helps organizations that help Eastside communities experiencing poverty and abuse.

Kirkland community invited to celebrate Earth Month with city

Events throughout April will help residents go green.

Premera awards grant to Friends of Youth in Kirkland

The grant is part of $595,000 in grants to six nonprofit organizations across Washington to support behavioral health solutions.

Financial Peace University to be offered at Kirkland church

Courses will include lessons on budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt and more.

Ryug Frostinson’s home for fairies, elves and gnomes open at Kirkland’s Juanita Park

The tree’s potential as hobbit housing was revealed during a routine tree assessment to ensure the safety of parks users.

Most Read