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Carnation, Washington
Carnation, Washington. July 4, 2004
Carnation, Washington. July 4, 2004
Official logo of Carnation, Washington
Location of Carnation, Washington
Location of Carnation, Washington
Country United States
State Washington
County King
 • Type Council–manager
 • Total 1.18 sq mi (3.07 km2)
 • Land 1.16 sq mi (3.00 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
82 ft (25 m)
 • Total 1,786
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,970.64/sq mi (761.00/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 425
FIPS code 53-10215
GNIS feature ID 1530825

Carnation is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 1,786 at the 2010 census. It was historically known as Tolt and lies at the confluence of the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers. The city is located east of Redmond and south of Duvall on State Route 203.


Settled in 1865, Carnation was officially incorporated on December 30, 1912, as Tolt. The name was changed to Carnation in 1917, back to Tolt on May 3, 1928, and finally back to Carnation again on October 29, 1951. The name Carnation was chosen to honor a nearby research farm operated by the Carnation Milk Products Company.


Carnation is located at 47°38′54″N 121°54′31″W / 47.648234°N 121.908630°W / 47.648234; -121.908630 (47.648234, -121.908630).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.18 square miles (3.06 km2), of which, 1.16 square miles (3.00 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water. The city is located on the east bank of the Snoqualmie River just north of where the Tolt River joins in.


Camlann Medieval Village, a living history museum of a medieval English village, is located approximately four miles north of Carnation. Founded in the early 1980s, Camlann is devoted to teaching and entertaining schools, clubs, families, and individuals about what life in England in 1376 would have been like.

Remlinger Farms is a functioning farm located less than a mile outside of Carnation where families can spend time around animals and crops, eat locally raised and grown food, and go on fun park rides.

Surrounding cities and communities


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 536
1930 360 −32.8%
1940 460 27.8%
1950 446 −3.0%
1960 490 9.9%
1970 530 8.2%
1980 913 72.3%
1990 1,243 36.1%
2000 1,893 52.3%
2010 1,786 −5.7%
2019 (est.) 2,282 27.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
2015 Estimate

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 1,786 people in 631 households, including 474 families, in the city. The population density was 1,539.7 inhabitants per square mile (594.5/km2). There were 665 housing units at an average density of 573.3 per square mile (221.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.8% White, 0.9% African American, 1.0% Native American, 3.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 7.1% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.7%.

Of the 631 households, 45.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.9% were non-families. 19.0% of households were one person, and 6.9% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.24.

The median age was 34.9 years. 30.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.4% were from 25 to 44; 27.7% were from 45 to 64; and 6% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.8% male and 50.2% female.

Carnation has a high rate of home ownership for King County; 73.31% of the homes in Carnation are occupied by people who own them. This rate is considerably higher than nearby cities like Redmond (50.19%), Bellevue (53.78%), and Seattle (44.91%).

City landmarks

The City of Carnation has designated the following landmarks:

Landmark Built Listed Address Photo
Commercial Hotel 1913 1996 31933 W. Rutherford Street
Entwistle House 1912 1994 32021 Entwistle Street Carnation, WA - Entwistle House 02.jpg
Tolt IOOF/Eagles Hall 1895 1994 3940 Tolt Avenue, Carnation Carnation, WA - Oddfellows Hall 01.jpg

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