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Shoreline, Washington
Shoreline City Hall
Shoreline City Hall
Location of Shoreline, Washington
Location of Shoreline, Washington
Country United States
State Washington
County King
City 1995
 • Type City Council (7 members)
 • Total 12.44 sq mi (32.21 km2)
 • Land 11.63 sq mi (30.13 km2)
 • Water 0.80 sq mi (2.08 km2)
476 ft (145 m)
 • Total 53,007
 • Estimate 
 • Rank US: 674th
WA: 22nd
 • Density 4,901.33/sq mi (1,892.46/km2)
Time zone UTC−8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
98133, 98155, 98177
Area code(s) 206
FIPS code 53-63960
GNIS feature ID 1699810

Shoreline is a city in King County, Washington, United States. It is located between the city limits of Seattle and the Snohomish County border, approximately 9 miles (14 km) north of Downtown Seattle. As of the 2010 census, the population of Shoreline was 53,007, making it the 20th largest city in the state; by 2020, the population had risen to an estimated 57,497. Based on per capita income, one of the more reliable measures of affluence, Shoreline ranks 91st of 522 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked.


Shoreline began in 1890 with the platting of the neighborhood of Richmond Beach, on Puget Sound, in anticipation of the arrival of the Great Northern Railway the next year. Over the next two decades, Shoreline was connected to Seattle via the Seattle-Everett Interurban streetcar line (1906) and a newly paved North Trunk Road (now Aurora Avenue N., State Route 99) (1913), helping to increase its population.

The name "Shoreline" first came to be applied to this stretch of unincorporated King County in 1944 when it was given to the school district, since the school district boundaries stretched from "Shore to Shore" (Puget Sound to Lake Washington) and "Line to Line" (the old Seattle city limit of 85th St to the Snohomish County Line). Though the modern borders of the city do not stretch to Lake Washington, the area kept the "Shoreline" name.

After the incorporation of Lake Forest Park in 1961, the remainder of the Shoreline School District remained an unincorporated portion of King County. Fifty-one years after it had been named, on August 31, 1995 Shoreline was officially incorporated as a code city and adopted the council-manager form of government. (See City government in the state of Washington.) Residents used Seattle, WA as their address only until 1995 when the city was formed and addresses changed to Shoreline, WA.

In January 2016, Chris Roberts was elected mayor and is the city's first Native American mayor in its history.


Shoreline is located at 47°45′23″N 122°20′23″W / 47.75639°N 122.33972°W / 47.75639; -122.33972 (47.756519, -122.339657).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.70 square miles (30.30 km2), of which, 11.67 square miles (30.23 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water. The city of Shoreline also contains a gated community, The Highlands, which manages its own utilities separately from Shoreline. The Richmond Beach neighborhood occupies the northwest corner of the city, around 47°46′10″N 122°23′24″W / 47.7695415°N 122.3901313°W / 47.7695415; -122.3901313.

There are 330 acres (1.3 km²) of park land in Shoreline, divided among 25 parks. Boeing Creek and Shoreview Park, which abut Shoreline Community College, contain a ravine through which flows Boeing Creek on its way to Hidden Lake and Puget Sound.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 52,109
2000 53,025 1.8%
2010 53,007 0.0%
2019 (est.) 57,027 7.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
U.S. Census Estimate (2019)

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 53,007 people, 21,561 households, and 13,168 families living in the city. The population density was 4,542.2 inhabitants per square mile (1,753.8/km2). There were 22,787 housing units at an average density of 1,952.6 per square mile (753.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 71.4% White, 5.0% African American, 0.8% Native American, 15.2% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 2.2% from other races, and 5.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.6% of the population.

There were 21,561 households, of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.9% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 42.1 years. 19.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.7% were from 25 to 44; 30.9% were from 45 to 64; and 15.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.


The city of Shoreline is divided into 14 separate neighborhoods plotted out by the city. The neighborhoods range from Richmond Beach in the northwest to Briarcrest in the southeast.

City landmarks

The City of Shoreline has designated the following landmarks:

Landmark Built Listed Address Photo
William E. Boeing House 1914 1994 The Highlands
Crawford Store (Godfrey Building) 1922 1985 2411 NW 195th Place

In addition, the city designates the following "community landmark":

Landmark Built Listed Address Photo
Ronald Grade School 1912 1995 749 N 175th Street Shoreline, WA - Ronald School 01.jpg

Points of interest

Sister city


Companies and organizations based in Shoreline include Crista Ministries.


School districts

  • Shoreline School District
    • Shorewood High School
    • Shorecrest High School

Private schools

  • King's Schools
  • Shoreline Christian School
  • The Evergreen School


  • Shoreline Community College

See also

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