Medina, Washington

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Medina, Washington
City
Location of Medina, Washington
Location of Medina, Washington
City limits of Medina
City limits of Medina
Coordinates: 47°37′36″N 122°13′58″W / 47.62667°N 122.23278°W / 47.62667; -122.23278Coordinates: 47°37′36″N 122°13′58″W / 47.62667°N 122.23278°W / 47.62667; -122.23278
Country United States
State Washington
County King
Platted 1914
Incorporated August 19, 1955
Named for Medina
Government
 • Mayor Cynthia Adkins[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 4.79 sq mi (12.41 km2)
 • Land 1.44 sq mi (3.73 km2)
 • Water 3.35 sq mi (8.68 km2)
Elevation 69 ft (21 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 2,969
 • Estimate (2015)[4] 3,226
 • Density 2,061.8/sq mi (796.1/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 98039
Area code(s) 425
FIPS code 53-44725
GNIS feature ID 1512453[5]
Website www.medina-wa.gov

Medina (/məˈdnə/ (About this sound listen)) is a mostly residential city in Eastside, King County, Washington, United States.[6] The city is on a peninsula in Lake Washington, on the opposite shore from Seattle, bordered by Clyde Hill and Hunts Point to the east and water on all other sides. The city's population was 2,969 at the 2010 census. Billionaires Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, along with a number of Microsoft executives, or other associates of Gates, have homes in Medina.[7][8]

History[edit]

Named in 1891 for the city of Medina in Saudi Arabia, Medina was platted in 1914 and officially incorporated on August 19, 1955. According to the city:[9]

Tree Code[edit]

Designated as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation since 2006,[10] Medina has always been a leader in urban tree codes. Since 1972, the City of Medina has codified the value that trees bring to a community, and the Tree Code ordinances have consistently been modified throughout the years. Major revisions in 2000, 2003 and 2006 have improved the code such that it is one of the most extensive in the region. The current code (2006 edition) protects large trees and requires significant mitigation if they are removed.[11]

In 2011, the City Council directed the Planning Commission to update the existing tree code. Dividing the task into two phases, the Planning Commission brought Phase I, which were largely administrative changes, to Council in 2014, where it was passed into law. Phase II changes have been underway since then, with much work and input from the community, an ad hoc tree committee, the Planning Commission and City Council. It is anticipated that the new code will be adopted in mid-2015.[12]

Surveillance[edit]

In 2009, Medina installed cameras at intersections along roads entering the city; the cameras are used to capture the license plate number of every car, and a security system automatically notifies local police if the captured number is recorded in a database.[13] Travellers are notified of the presence of the system with signs that read "You Are Entering a 24 Hour Video Surveillance Area"; according to Medina's police chief, all captured information is stored for 60 days even if nothing negative is found in the database, allowing police to mine data if a crime occurs later.[13] One of the city's council members said the system was motivated by the belief that the need for crime prevention "outweighs concern over privacy".[13] The system was inspired by that used in nearby Hunts Point, a town of about 500 residents which has not had a break-in for more than three years after installing their system.[13]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.79 square miles (12.41 km2), of which, 1.44 square miles (3.73 km2) is land and 3.35 square miles (8.68 km2) is water.[2]

Medina is connected to Seattle, on the western shore of Lake Washington, by State Route 520 on the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, the longest floating bridge in the world.

Climate[edit]

This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Medina has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[14]

Politics[edit]

Cynthia Adkins is the mayor of Medina, and Michael Sauerwein is the City Manager.

Medina has traditionally been a Republican stronghold at the local and national levels. However, like neighboring communities, it has become more competitive between the two major parties in recent elections.[15] Medina is currently represented in the Washington State Legislature by Senator Patty Kuderer and Representatives Joan McBride and Vandana Slatter, all Democrats. The 48th district also includes the more Democratic leaning area of adjacent Bellevue. In the 2012 US Presidential Election, the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, received 1025 votes, while Barack Obama, the Democratic incumbent received 934 votes. Mitt Romney carried 3 out of the 4 precincts in Medina. In the 2008 US Presidential Election, Barack Obama received more votes than the Republican nominee, John McCain, and carried all 4 precincts.[16] In the 2016 US Presidential Election, of the 1,856 who cast votes, 57.49% voted for Hillary Clinton and 33.19% for Donald Trump.[17][citation needed]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 2,285
1970 3,455 51.2%
1980 3,220 −6.8%
1990 2,981 −7.4%
2000 3,011 1.0%
2010 2,969 −1.4%
Est. 2016 3,246 [18] 9.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[19]
2015 Estimate[4]
Medina in 1915

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 2,969 people, 1,061 households, and 865 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,061.8 inhabitants per square mile (796.1/km2). There were 1,162 housing units at an average density of 806.9 per square mile (311.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 83.5% White, 0.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 11.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 3.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.6% of the population.

There were 1,061 households of which 40.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.1% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 18.5% were non-families. 16.2% 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 2.80 and the average family size was 3.13.

The median age in the city was 45.5 years. 29% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 15.1% were from 25 to 44; 32.8% were from 45 to 64; and 18.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,011 people, 1,111 households, and 905 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,102.3 people per square mile (813.0/km²). There were 1,165 housing units at an average density of 813.4 per square mile (314.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.63% White, 4.88% Asian, 0.27% Native American, 0.17% African American, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 1.66% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 1.39% of the population.

There were 1,111 households out of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.6% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.5% were non-families. 14.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.00.

The age distribution was 30.1% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 29.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.6 males.

Notable people[edit]

Education[edit]

Public education is provided by the Bellevue School District, with schools within Medina and in nearby Bellevue. There are three schools in Medina:

  • Bellevue Christian School - Three Points Elementary (private, K to 6)[21]
  • Medina Elementary School (public, K to 5)[22]
  • Saint Thomas School (private, pre-K to 8)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "City Council". Retrieved 2018-01-17. 
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 24, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  4. ^ a b "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on October 19, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Medina". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  6. ^ Medina -- Thumbnail History, HistoryLink.org
  7. ^ a b Ginsberg, Leah (July 27, 2017), "How Jeff Bezos, now the richest person in the world, spends his billions", CNBC 
  8. ^ a b c Cornwall, Warren (January 31, 2004), "Gates spends $14 million, buys up homes in Washington state", The Chicago Tribune, Knight Ridder/Tribune: The Seattle Times 
  9. ^ History of Medina from the city's official Website. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
  10. ^ "Tree Cities". 
  11. ^ "Medina Municipal Code". 
  12. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-12-17. Retrieved 2015-03-24. 
  13. ^ a b c d Cameras keep track of all cars entering Medina, a September 16, 2009 article from The Seattle Times
  14. ^ "Medina, Washington Köppen Climate Classification (Weatherbase)". 
  15. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/30/us/politics/30voices.html
  16. ^ https://decisiondeskhq.com/data-dives/creating-a-national-precinct-map/
  17. ^ https://data.kingcounty.gov/Election-results/2016-General-Election-Results-by-precinct-complete/b27z-cdmk/data
  18. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  19. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  20. ^ Gutman, David (30 January 2017). "Like Sally Yates, William Ruckelshaus said 'no' to a president — and got fired". The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  21. ^ Three Points Elementary website, retrieved online 2011-06-02 Archived 2010-12-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  22. ^ "Medina Elementary School website – Bellevue School District". Archived from the original on 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 

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