Redmond is a town of approximately 49,000 residents located between the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound, just ten miles northeast of downtown Seattle. The city is best known for being the home base of technology behemoths Microsoft Corporation and Nintendo of America. This suburban city has much to offer in the way of employment, arts, and entertainment and, most of all, in natural beauty.
With its seemingly endless number of biking trails, Redmond has earned the nickname "Bicycle Capital of the Northwest." The natural environment also lends itself to many other outdoor recreational activities. In fact, the city has more than 23 parks that cover more than 1,000 acres.
After the completion of the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge across Lake Washington in 1963, Redmond began to grow rapidly as a suburb of nearby Seattle. In 1978 it was dubbed the fastest-growing city in the state of Washington. With the influx of technology companies, Redmond saw a spike in its retail sector, encouraging the city in 1997 to open a shopping mall in the downtown area, Redmond Town Center.
Microsoft Corporation moved its headquarters to Redmond in 1986, and today it is the city's top employer. Between its site in Redmond and one in the neighboring city of Issaquah, Microsoft employs more than 30,000 people, housed in more than 8 million square feet of office space. Other major headquarters in the area include:
Redmond Derby Days: In existence for more than three decades, Redmond Derby Days is the Northwest's oldest bicycle race. Festivities surrounding the summer event include live music, activities, a parade, vendors, a beer and wine garden, and a three-on-three basketball tournament.
The Concerts at Marymoor: This summertime concert series is held in the outdoor theater in Marymoor Park.
The Old Redmond Firehouse: The Old Firehouse provides a place for teens age 13 to 19 to skate, hang out, take art classes, play pool, go on fieldtrips, and much more. The Firehouse has also become a premier spot for the independent music scene in Redmond, offering the teens a chance to see live music.
Redmond Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit: Twelve pieces of outdoor sculpture are located in and around Redmond's downtown. For more than a decade, local artists have added to the exhibition. The display is sponsored by The Redmond Arts Commission.
Redmond is a residential community that appeals to young families. The public schools are high performing and have a 93 percent graduation rate compared to 71 percent in Washington state as a whole.
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