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Redmond is named for Luke McRedmond , who purchased land there on September 9, 1870. It was incorporated as a city on December 31, 1912. It is situated on the eastern edge of the Seattle urban area, in what is known as the Eastside.
It is best known as the home of Microsoft and Nintendo of America. AT&T Wireless and Eddie Bauer are also based here. It calls itself "the bicycle capital of the Northwest" because of an annual bicycle race (part of Redmond Derby Days ) dating back to 1940. It has many parks and is known for its wooded beauty. Long derided as "the town where you can't buy underwear" for its lack of retail shops, Redmond underwent a commercial boom during the 1990s. This culminated in 1997 with the opening of Redmond Town Center, a major regional shopping center on the site of a long-defunct golf course.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 42.9 km² (16.6 mi²). 41.2 km² (15.9 mi²) of it is land and 1.7 km² (0.7 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 4.05% water. It is situated to the north of Lake Sammamish.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 45,256 people, 19,102 households, and 11,346 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,099.7/km² (2,848.8/mi²). There are 20,248 housing units at an average density of 492.0/km² (1,274.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 79.26% White, 1.52% African American, 0.45% Native American, 13.02% Asian, 0.18% Pacific Islander, 2.46% from other races, and 3.11% from two or more races. 5.61% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 19,102 households out of which 28.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% are married couples living together, 7.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 40.6% are non-families. 30.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.33 and the average family size is 2.95.
In the city the population is spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 37.9% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 99.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $66,735, and the median income for a family is $78,430. Males have a median income of $58,112 versus $37,200 for females. The per capita income for the city is $36,233. 5.3% of the population and 3.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 6.3% of those under the age of 18 and 6.5% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
- Georgeann Malowney, "Redmond (Images of America: Washington)", Arcadia Publishing, ISBN 0738520713
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