Kirkland Named a Top 10 City for STEM Workers

According to a recent study by, Kirkland is one of the ten best cities in the country for workers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

The Livability report looked at more than 2,000 U.S. cities and compared the total number of STEM jobs, the median income for those STEM jobs, and the median STEM income relative to the overall median income in each city.

With approximately 9,600 STEM-related jobs—making up 27.7 percent of the total workforce — and a median STEM-related salary of $122,309, it’s no surprise that Kirkland made the list. Major employers in the city include Google, Wave Broadband, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems, Inrix, and Tableau Software.

“We are thrilled that the City of Kirkland has been recognized as one of the top ten cities to live for STEM workers,” Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen said in a statement. “Our goal is to attract, retain, and grow a diverse and stable economic base and employment opportunities. This ranking highlights Kirkland’s strong economy and position as a major player in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics sector, amongst others.”

Also on the list are Franklin, Tennessee (7th), Albuquerque, New Mexico (4th), Longmont, Colorado (2nd), and Huntsville, Alabama (1st).

See the full list here.

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