Redmond, Washington is on the northern part of King County. The city is 15 miles east of Seattle and is to the northeast of Bellevue. Lake Sammamish appears on the southern end of Redmond. The city has a population of about 65,000.
Redmond is connected to Seattle and Bellevue through Avondale Road or State Route 520. The Redmond Way moves from the central part of the city to I-405, which connects to Lynwood on the northern end and Renton to the south.
The Lake Washington School District runs the public schools in the city. The Redmond High School and Nikola Tesla STEM High School are the two largest schools in the system. The Conservatory High School, a private performing arts school, is also in Redmond.
Marymoor Park is to the south and is home to an amphitheater. The park also features many baseball and soccer fields, a community garden, a playground, a velodrome, a climbing wall, and a cricket pitch.
There are many commercial centers on Redmond Way. Among these places include the Redmond Town Center.
Redmond WA was formed in 1870 through a Homestead Act claim for land by Luke McRedmond. The area was a foresting site and eventually housed many farms and shipbuilding sites. The city grew in the late twentieth century thanks to a focus on the tech sector.
The Microsoft Corporation’s global headquarters are in Redmond. Microsoft has called Redmond home since 1986. The company hires about 40,000 employees and another 45,000 contractors, thus making the company the largest employer in Redmond. The campus is on the southern part of the city in the Overlake neighborhood and is on both sides of Route 520. The campus includes many offices dedicated to the production of software and hardware products.
Among the other companies that have offices in Redmond include Nintendo of America, AT&T Mobility, Physio-Control, and Honeywell. The city does not charge business taxes based on income, but a license fee of about $100 per employee is required.
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