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Bryn Mawr-Skyway, Washington
Location of Bryn Mawr-Skyway, Washington
Location of Bryn Mawr-Skyway, Washington
Country United States
State Washington
County King
Area
 • Total 3.01 sq mi (7.80 km2)
 • Land 2.84 sq mi (7.35 km2)
 • Water 0.17 sq mi (0.45 km2)
Elevation
420 ft (130 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 17,397
 • Density 5,777/sq mi (2,230.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
98178
FIPS code 53-08552
GNIS feature ID 2407916

Bryn Mawr-Skyway (pronounced from Welsh for "big hill") is a census-designated place (CDP) in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 17,397 at the 2020 census.

Bryn Mawr-Skyway was the only CDP in the Seattle metropolitan area to have reported a majority-minority population in the 2000 census. Since that time, the area has grown even more diverse. As of the 2010 census, the cultural makeup of the Skyway area is almost evenly balanced between White, Black or African American, and Asian community members.

Geography

Skyway lies in an "unincorporated island" roughly between the cities of Seattle, Tukwila and Renton, Washington. Though it is surrounded by major municipalities, its limited infrastructure and low-income demographics have made it an unattractive area to incorporate. It is frequently along the shortest route of travel for commuters using local streets to enter Seattle from the southeast. The neighborhood was mostly developed just after World War II as affordable housing for returning veterans. The area remains an affordable area close to the high employment areas of Renton and Seattle. The name "Skyway" may be derived from the area's correspondence with a high ridge in western Washington's hilly terrain, a name that echoes the Welsh “Bryn Mawr” (also the denomination used for a village and several other places), which means "big hill"

Skyway's main business districts lie along Renton Avenue South, with one center between 68th Avenue South and 74th Avenue South, including a small casino and a bowling alley, and another between 75th Avenue South and 78th Avenue South, including a bank branch, the fire station, and the public library (a branch of the King County Library System). There is also a small business district centered at Martin Luther King Way South (State Route 900) around South 129th Street. Skyway Park, with baseball fields, a creek and wetlands, and picnic areas, is located near the center of Skyway.

The Bryn Mawr-Skyway CDP is made up of many neighborhoods, including Lakeridge, Campbell Hill and Earlington, in addition to the neighborhoods of Skyway and Bryn Mawr. The community is sometimes called "West Hill".

Bryn Mawr-Skyway is located at 47°29′40″N 122°14′12″W / 47.494571°N 122.236557°W / 47.494571; -122.236557 (47.494571, -122.236557).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2), of which 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (5.09%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 12,514
2000 13,977 11.7%
2010 15,645 11.9%
2020 17,397 11.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 15,645 people, 5,772 households, and 3,742 families living in the greater Skyway area. The population density was 4,935.3 people per square mile (1,905.5/km2). There were 6,189 housing units at an average density of 1,952.4/sq mi (753.8/km2). The racial makeup of the area was 29.6% White, 31.4% Black or African American, 0.8% Native American, 27.1% Asian, 0.8% Pacific Islander, 2.9% from other races, and 7.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.7% of the population.

Neighborhoods

The Skyway/West Hill community is made up of nine neighborhoods:

Points of interest

Education

School districts

  • Renton School District
    • Secondary Learning Center, now known as Albert Talley Sr. High School
    • Dimmitt Middle School
    • Bryn Mawr Elementary School
    • Campbell Hill Elementary School
    • Lakeridge Elementary School
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