It’s no secret the Eastside economy is hale and hearty on many fronts, from employment to home sales to revenue and wages. But how do some cities fare when it comes to factors such as employment growth, median household income, and notable employers? To that end, the following unpacks and analyzes some of the data and market reports to offer insights into what makes the Eastside economy tick.

 

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Bellevue

 

          Employment Growth

 


Major Employment Sectors

Services
83,148

Retail
14,091

Finance, Insurance, and Resources
12,295

Wholesale Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
7,412

Construction and Resources
6,001

Manufacturing
5,011

Education
4,452

Government and Public Sector
3,945


Taxable Retail Sales

Q1 (2017)
$1.77 Billion

Q2 (2017)
$1.84 Billion

Q3 (2017)
$1.92 Billion

The Eastside’s capital city and center of commerce on many fronts, Bellevue draws skilled workers who have money to spend on shops and restaurants. The result? Tax revenue that clears $1.5 billion each quarter.


Median Household Income

U.S.
$55,322

WA State
$62,848

King County
$78,800

Seattle
$74,458

Bellevue
$100,703

 

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Kirkland

Employment Growth Kirkland

 


Major Employment Sectors

Services
24,086

Government and Public Sector
5,091

Retail
4,338

Construction and Resources
3,168

Finance, Insurance, and Resources
2,275

Wholesale Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
2,196

Education
1,840

Manufacturing
1,488


Google, Photo by Rachel Coward

Notable Employers

Google
774

Evergreen Health
3,762

City of Kirkland
580

Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems
448

Kenworth Truck Company
425

Evergreen Health Medical Center is the city’s powerhouse employer — accounting for nearly two-thirds of the employees working for Kirkland’s most notable employers.


Taxable Retail Sales

Q1 (2017)
$581.6 Million

Q2 (2017)
$632.7 Million

Q3 (2017)
$657.1 Million


Median Household Income

2012-2016
$95,939

 

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Renton

Employee Makeup Renton

 

 

Job growth has nearly doubled over the past five years, thanks to Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration. Combined, they account for nearly 75 percent of the jobs in Renton.

 

Employment Growth Renton

 


Major Employment Sectors

Services
21,052

Manufacturing
17,267

Government and Public Sector
7,048

Retail
5,372

Wholesale Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
4,894

Construction and Resources
2,474

Education
2,397

Finance, Insurance, and Resources
1,948


Boeing, Photo by Rachel Coward

Notable Employers

Boeing
16,774

UW Medicine /Valley Medical Center
2,547

Renton School District
1,540

Federal Aviation Administration
1,450

Providence Washington Regional
1,414

PACCAR
1,144


Taxable Retail Sales

Q1 (2017)
$664.2 Million

Q2 (2017)
$733.5 Million

Q3 (2017)
$728.8 Million


Median Household Income

2012-2016
$66,050

 

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Sammamish

Major Employment Sectors

Services
3,000

Education
1,561

Retail
584

Wholesale Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
350

Construction and Resources
278

Government and Public Sector
268

Finance, Insurance, and Resources
199


Safeway, Photo ©2016 Northwest Retail, creative commons

Notable Employers

Safeway

Lake Washington School District

QFC

Issaquah School District

Pine Lake Shopping Center

Inglewood Shopping Center


Taxable Retail Sales

Q1 (2017)
$138 Million

Q2 (2017)
$163.2 Million

Q3 (2017)
$179.1 Million


Median Household Income

2012-2016
$153,253

Sammamish’s median household income is nearly three times the national figure, and nearly double the King County and Seattle figures.

 

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Bothell

Bothell’s reputation as a hub for innovative life sciences companies has helped boost the city’s employment growth by nearly one-third since 2011.

employment growth bothell

 


Major Employment Sectors

Services
8,278

Retail
1,021

Finance, Insurance, and Resources
1,772

Wholesale Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
1,371

Construction and Resources
726


Vertafore, Photo by Rachel Coward

Notable Employers

Vertafore Inc.

AT&T

EKOS Corporation

Google

HaloSource

Iverson Genetic Diagnostics

Philips


Taxable Retail Sales

Q1 (2017)
$160.5 Million

Q2 (2017)
$191.7 Million

Q3 (2017)
$173.4 Million


Median Household Income

2012-2016
$86,167

 

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Redmond

employee growth redmond

 


Major Employment Sectors

Services
62,711

Education
1,211

Retail
3,983

Wholesale Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
3,822

Finance, Insurance, and Resources
1,963

Government and Public Sector
983

Construction and Resources
2,980


Microsoft, Photo © Kārlis Dambrāns, creative commons

Notable Employers

Microsoft Corporation
34,341

Terex WA & USA
2,656

Eurest Dining Services
1,041

Aerotek Inc.
978

Lake Washington School District
877

If you aren’t familiar with Eurest Dining Services, then you probably don’t work at Microsoft. The company is a top employer in Redmond, operating cafés on the tech giant’s corporate campus.


Taxable Retail Sales

Q1 (2017)
$649.3 Million

Q2 (2017)
$759.6 Million

Q3 (2017)
$816Million


Median Household Income

2012-2016
$107,341

 

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Issaquah

employee growth issaquah

 


Major Employment Sectors

Services
16,973

Retail
3,465

Wholesale Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
1,107

Manufacturing
990

Government and Public Sector
813

Education
769

Finance, Insurance, and Resources
653

Construction and Resources
621


Notable Employers

Costco

Microsoft Corporation

Siemens

Swedish Hospital

G.E. Healthcare

Darigold Inc.

Issaquah’s notable employers, such as Costco, Microsoft, and Siemens reach customers globally.


Taxable Retail Sales

Q1 (2017)
$341.9 Million

Q2 (2017)
$382.4 Million

Q3 (2017)
$423.1 Million


Median Household Income

2012-2016
$92,071

 

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Mercer Island

employee growth mercer island

 


Major Employment Sectors

Services
3,486

Finance, Insurance, and Resources
1,065

Education
627

Retail
518

Government and Public Sector
325

Construction and Resources
324

Wholesale Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
215

Manufacturing
43


Notable Employers

City of Mercer Island

Mercer Island School District

Farmers New World Life Insurance Company

 


Taxable Retail Sales

Q1 (2017)
$114.4 Million

Q2 (2017)
$116.6 Million

Q3 (2017)
$118.3 Million


Median Household Income

2012-2016
$129,348

Mercer Island’s median household income is double the Washington state figure.

 

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Kenmore

 


Major Employment Sectors

Services
1,737

Education
509

Retail
440

Construction and Resources
411

Wholesale Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
321

Government and Public Sector
126

Finance, Insurance, and Resources
113

Manufacturing
49


Notable Employers

Bastyr University

Kenmore Air

Plywood Supply

Kenmore Camera

Kenmore’s two biggest employers — Bastyr University and Kenmore Air — employ nearly 800 people, combined.

 


Taxable Retail Sales

Q1 (2017)
$58.8 Million

Q2 (2017)
$66.9 Million

Q3 (2017)
$65.9 Million


Median Household Income

2012-2016
$93,227

 

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Eastside Data

Most Populous Cities as of July 1, 2016

Bellevue 141,400

Renton 100,953

Kirkland 87,701

Sammamish 63,773

Redmond 62,458

Bothell 44,546

Issaquah 37,322

Mercer Island 25,134

Kenmore 22,357

Snoqualmie 13,190

Woodinville 12,000

Newcastle 11,567


Notable Employers

Nintendo of America
Redmond
1,200

Microsoft
Redmond
34,341

Costco Wholesale
Issaquah
9,264

T-Mobile
Bellevue
4,700

Expedia
Bellevue
3,700

Bellevue School District
Bellevue
3,200

Overlake Hospital Medical Center
Bellevue
2,900

Paccar
Bellevue, Kirkland, Renton
2,500

CenturyLink Cloud
Bellevue
2,130

Bellevue College
Bellevue
2,000

Puget Sound Energy
Bellevue
1,200

Concur
Bellevue
1,000

Google
Kirkland
1,000

 

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Bellevue: Employment Data: Bellevue Chamber of Commerce (BCOC) 2017, Employment Sectors: Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) 2016, Taxable Retail Sales: Washington State Department of Revenue (WSDOR) 2017, Household Income: United States Census Bureau (USCB) 2012-2016.
Kirkland: Household Income: USCB, Taxable Retail Sales: WSDOR 2017, Employment Growth: City of Kirkland (COK) 2015 and USCB 2012-2016, Major Employment: PSRC 2016, Notable Employers: COK;
Renton: Notable Employers: City of Renton (COR) 2016, Employment Growth: COR 2017, Employee Makeup: COR 2017, Household Income: USCB 2012-2016, Taxable Retail Sales: WSDOR 2017, Major Employment Sectors: PSRC 2016. Sammamish: Notable Employers: Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County (EDCS&KC), Median Household Income: UCSB 2012-2017, Taxable Retail Sales: WSDOR 2017, Employment Sectors: PSCRC 2016; Bothell: Taxable Retail Sales: WSDOR 2017, Employment Sectors: PSCRC 2016, Employment Growth: USCB 2016, Notable Employers: EDCS&KC, Household Income: USCB 2012-2016. Redmond: Notable Employers: City of Redmond (COR) 2016, Employment Sectors: PSCRC 2016, Employment Growth: COR 2016, Household Income: USCB 2012-2016, Taxable Retail Sales: WSDOR 2017; Issaquah: Taxable Retail Sales: WSDOR 2017, Employment Sectors: PSCRC 2016, Employment Growth: USCB, Household Income: USCB 2012-2016; Mercer Island: Employment Growth: USCB, Notable Employers: EDCS&KC, Employment Sectors: PSRC 2016, Taxable Retail Sales: WSDOR 2017, Household Income: USCB 2012-2016; Kenmore: Employment Growth: USCB, Notable Employers: EDCS&KC, Employment Sectors: PSRC 2016, Taxable Retail Sales: WSDOR 2017, Household Income: USCB 2012-2016 Most Populous Cities: USCB, July 2016; Notable Employers: One Redmond, EDCS&KC, PACCAR, BCOC, COB, COR