Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage is the leading Issaquah Moving Company and it is our pleasure to give an overview of Issaquah, Washington.
Located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Native Americans inhabited Squak Valley centuries before the arrival of European settlers. When the first homesteaders arrived in the 1860s relations with the Snoqualmie and Sammamish tribes were mostly peaceable. The town was platted in 1888, and incorporated under the name Gilman in 1892. It was changed to Issaquah in 1899 in honor of the area’s original Indian name. Issaquah is surrounded on three sides by the “Issaquah Alps”, Cougar Mountain on the west, Squak Mountain to the south, and Tiger Mountain to the east. Lake Sammamish is on the north and is popular for boating, fishing and skiing.
At the end of the 19th century, the Issaquah economy sprouted with logging and mining and blossomed into hop growing and dairy industries. After several decades of slow change, Microsoft and other technology companies moved into neighboring Redmond, and later established operations in Issaquah itself. Located in the heart of the I-90 business corridor, Issaquah has now become home to many of the Northwest’s largest retail, corporate and manufacturing firms. It’s about a 30 minute commute to Seattle, Bellevue, Snoqualmie Pass, or to SeaTac airport. While the city itself claims 19,570 residents, the area of its growth master plan currently contains more than 60,000 and is expected to double over the next 20 years.
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Seattle Magazine ranked Issaquah one of the top 10 Best Places to live in the NW Metroplex for many reasons but one is the variety of life. The neighboring highlands feature outdoor activity of every kind throughout the three mountains. Seven mile long and 1.5 mile wide Lake Sammamish is the scene of all the fresh water recreation the imagination can create. There are also many cultural and historical activities to be found in the town of Issaquah including International Award-winning Salmon Days and Nationally-acclaimed Village Theatre. Gilman Boulevard is the city center of Issaquah, offering shops, offices, galleries, and dining facilities.
The recipient of many awards and honors, Issaquah Schools serves a student population of nearly 15,872 and with 841 full-time classroom teachers, its overall student/teacher ratio is 17.8/1. It allocates approximately $3,645 per pupil for instructional expenses. The classroom teachers average 11.7 years of experience and 61.8% have a masters degree or higher. Recent state standardized testing scores place Issaquah students well above average in comparison to other Washington students. Bellevue community College is a short drive west as are several excellent four year university options such as the University of Washington and Northwest University.
Issaquah real estate tends to run on the high end, although older homes or small houses can still be found at affordable prices.
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