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Woodinville is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 10,938 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Seattle metropolitan area. There is also a much larger population with Woodinville mailing addresses in adjacent unincorporated areas of King (Cottage Lake) and Snohomish (Maltby) counties. Woodinville has waterfront parks on the Sammamish River, sweeping winery and brewery grounds, and densely wooded residential areas.


Prior to Anglo-American settlement, the Woodinville area was inhabited by the native Sammamish people.

In 1871, Ira Woodin and his wife Susan moved from Seattle and up the Sammamish River to build a cabin, log timber and farm cattle.[4] A town gradually built up around the cabin, which served as its first school and Post Office, with Susan Woodin as Postmaster. Woodin and his son-in-law Thomas Sanders set up the first general store.

Like other nearby towns, Woodinville began as a logging community, became a farming center in the early decades of the 20th century, and developed into a suburb of Seattle after World War II. In 1969, rock bands including Led Zeppelin and The Guess Who performed at the Seattle Pop Festival at Woodinville’s Gold Creek County Park.

The growth of Bothell in the early 1990s led to plans for it to annex Woodinville; the residents of Woodinville responded by voting for incorporation in 1992. Woodinville was officially incorporated on March 31, 1993.


It contracts with the King County Sheriff’s Office for police services. Deputies assigned to Woodinville wear city uniforms and drive patrol cars marked with the city logo. There are currently 6 patrol officers, one school resource officer, one sergeant, and one chief assigned full time to the city.


It is located in northern King County east of the city of Bothell at approximately 47°45’9″ North, 122°9’21” West (47.752452, -122.155949).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.7 square miles (14.7 km²), of which, 5.6 square miles (14.6 km²) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) is water.

The United States Postal Service identifies those homes in the 98072 and 98077 zip codes as being within Woodinville, though those zip codes exceed the city limits of Woodinville. The 98072 zip code extends north into unincorporated Snohomish County and east of the city limits. The 98077 zip code falls entirely outside the city limits of Woodinville to the east, though the postal service still identifies it as Woodinville, WA.


It contains two historic and scenic rail lines. Officially referred to as the Woodinville Subdivision, they were used by the Spirit of Washington Dinner Train, whose destination was the Columbia Winery, until July 31, 2007, and they are still used for some freight service. There has been a controversial push by some King County officials to remove both lines and replace them with bicycle trails. However, in the wake of the defeat of the Roads and Transit measure on the November 2007 ballot and growing concern about global warming and ever-worsening traffic congestion, recent months have a seen a surge of interest in saving the lines and using them for a commuter rail service that would link Woodinville with Bellevue and other major destinations on the rapidly growing Eastside.


Points of Interest in the Woodinville Tourist District

The Woodinville city government has created eleven geographically defined neighborhoods within the city limits [1].

  • East Wellington – Primarily low density, single family residential area on the eastern edge of the city
  • Lower West Ridge – a mix of light industry and residential extending southward to the west of the Sammamish River Valley.
  • North Industrial – a mix of light industry and commercial developments east of Highway 522
  • Reinwood Leota – residential neighborhoods in southeast Woodinville
  • Tourist District – home to several wineries (SilverLake Winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Winery, Novelty Hill & Januik Winery, DeLille Cellars, Brian Carter Cellars, JM Cellars), the Redhook Brewery, The Herbfarm restaurant, and the Willows Lodge.
  • Town Center – the retail center of Woodinville, including several shops and restaurants as well as some housing.
  • Upper West Ridge – residential neighborhoods along the western edge of the city.
  • Valley Industrial – a mix of industrial businesses along the Sammamish River Valley.
  • Wedge – wedge-shaped residential neighborhood west of Highway 522.
  • West Wellington – low density residential neighborhoods
  • Woodinville Heights – a mix of single family and multi-family residences near the town center


Most of Woodinville is serviced by the Northshore School District, however the extreme southwestern portions of the city lie within the Lake Washington School District.

Elementary schools

  • Bear Creek Elementary (located outside of city limits, though service area includes neighborhoods in the eastern part of the city)
  • Cottage Lake Elementary (located outside of city limits)
  • East Ridge Elementary (located east of the city limits)
  • Hollywood Hill Elementary (located outside of city limits, though service area includes neighborhoods in the southern part of the city)
  • Wellington Elementary
  • Woodin Elementary (although within the corporate limits of Bothell, much of the service area for Woodin Elementary lies within the Woodinville city limits)

(Woodinville students living in areas zoned to the Lake Washington School District attend Muir Elementary School in Kirkland)

Junior high schools

High schools

Private schools

  • Woodinville Montessori serves students in preschool through ninth grade.
  • Chrysalis School, an independent school serving children from K-12
  • Mack Elementary – Bellevue Christian School (a K-6 private school located outside of town off Woodinville-Duvall road)
  • the Attic Learning Community [2] serves children ages 5–18

Civic events

Civic events in Woodinville include:

  • Summer Concert Series at DeYoung Park
  • Woodinville Lights Festival, a month-long celebration in December
  • Annual Basset Bash parade/All Fools’ Day celebration
  • Summer Outdoor Movies at the Redhook brewery


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1990 23,654
2000 9,194 −61.1%
2010 10,938 19.0%

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 10,938 people residing in the city. The population density was 1,940.0 people per square mile (749/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.0% White, 1.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 11.3% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. 7.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Detailed demographic data regarding income and household size has not yet been released for the 2010 Census, however the 2000 census recorded 3,512 households out of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.15.

The 2000 Census reported that the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city in 2000 was $68,114, and the median income for a family was $81,251. Males had a median income of $53,214 versus $35,404 for females. The per capita income for the city was $31,458. 4.4% of the population and 2.7% of families were below the poverty line. 4.7% of those under the age of 18 and 1.9% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Based on per capita income, one of the more reliable measures of affluence, Woodinville ranked 34th of 522 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked by the 2000 Census.


Woodinville’s economy is a mix of light industrial, retail, and tourism. Woodinville is increasingly known for its local wineries, which showcase wines from grapes grown in Eastern Washington including Chateau Ste. Michelle (well-known for their popular summer concert series), Columbia Winery and dozens of other smaller ones. The Woodinville Tourist District is also home to the Redhook Ale Brewery and several fine restaurants including The Herbfarm “destination” restaurant. The downtown area includes Molbak’s Garden and Home, a nationally acclaimed garden center.

Until July 2007, the north end of the Spirit of Washington Dinner Train‘s route was at the Columbia Winery. Talks are currently underway to restore service, but running from Woodinville north to Snohomish, instead of south to Renton.

Notable residents

City landmarks

The City of Woodinville has designated the following landmarks:

Landmark Built Listed Address Photo
Hollywood Farm[12] 1910 1983 14111 NE 145th Street
Hollywood Schoolhouse[12] 1912 1992 14810 NE 145th Street
Woodinville School[12] 1936 2001 17301 – 133rd Avenue NE

Source: Wikipedia