Woodinville, Washington

Coordinates: 47°45′9″N 122°9′21″W / 47.75250°N 122.15583°W / 47.75250; -122.15583
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City of Woodinville
Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville
Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville
Official logo of Woodinville
Location of Woodinville in King County and Washington
Location of Woodinville in
King County and Washington
Coordinates: 47°45′9″N 122°9′21″W / 47.75250°N 122.15583°W / 47.75250; -122.15583
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedMarch 31, 1993
 • TypeCouncil–manager[1]
 • MayorMike Millman[2]
 • Total5.63 sq mi (14.58 km2)
 • Land5.62 sq mi (14.54 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
39 ft (12 m)
 • Total13,069
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,362.07/sq mi (912.06/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
98072 and 98077
Area code425
FIPS code53-79590
GNIS feature ID1534610[6]

Woodinville is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 13,069 at the 2020 census.[4] It is a 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 areas.


Prior to European-American settlement, the Woodinville area was inhabited by the native Sammamish people. Indigenous peoples had occupied the area for thousands of years.

Ira Woodin (left) with Carson D. Boren and Walter Graham (for whom the Graham Hill area is named) in 1905

In 1871, Ira Woodin and his wife Susan moved from Seattle and traveled up the Sammamish River where they built a cabin. They planned to log timber and farm cattle.[7] A town gradually developed around them. Their cabin served as its first school and post office, with Susan Woodin appointed 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 and became a farming center in the early decades of the 20th century. After World War II, it developed as a suburb of Seattle. In 1969, rock bands including Led Zeppelin and The Guess Who performed at the Seattle Pop Festival at Woodinville's Gold Creek 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.

In the late 1990s, Woodinville attempted to annex the adjacent community of Grace in Snohomish County.[8] The county's government and the State Boundary Review Board rejected the proposal, citing the loss of tax revenue and legal issues with providing policing due to Woodinville's contracts with the King County Sheriff's Office.[9][10] The area was also considered for a branch campus of the University of Washington that was ultimately built in Bothell.[11]


Woodinville is located east of Bothell and northeast of Kirkland in northern King County. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.62 square miles (14.56 km2), of which, 5.60 square miles (14.50 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.[12]

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.


The Woodinville Subdivision, a spur railroad operated by BNSF Railway, was used for freight and occasional passenger use until it was decommissioned in 2008. The Spirit of Washington Dinner Train, serving the Columbia Winery, ran until July 31, 2007.[13] The railroad was acquired by the Port of Seattle in 2009 and sold to various local governments for use as a regional pedestrian and cyclist trail, known as the Eastside Rail Corridor or Eastrail.[13] The corridor was also proposed for use by a commuter rail service to connect Woodinville to Bellevue and other Eastside destinations, but was determined to be too costly.[13]

The Woodinville Park and Ride is in Downtown Woodinville off 140th Ave NE. It is served by both Sound Transit and King County Metro Transit.

Government and Police[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2020 26.79% 2,034 70.03% 5,317 3.17% 241

Woodinville contracts with the King County Sheriff's Office for law enforcement services. Deputies assigned to Woodinville wear city uniforms and drive patrol cars marked with the city logo. There are currently 9 patrol officers, one school resource officer, one sergeant and one chief assigned full-time to the city.


The Woodinville city government has defined eleven geographic 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, extending towards the former community of Grace[15]
  • Reinwood Leota - residential neighborhoods in northeast Woodinville
  • Tourist District - area of several wineries (SilverLake Winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Winery, Novelty Hill & Januik Winery, DeLille Cellars, Brian Carter Cellars, JM Cellars), 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 served by the Northshore School District; however, the extreme southwestern portions of the city lie within the Lake Washington School District. To serve the city, Northshore School District has one high school (Woodinville High School), two middle schools, and six elementary schools.[16] Lake Washington School District has two elementary schools that serve some Woodinville neighborhoods.[17]

In addition to public schools, the city has several private schools and alternative education options, including a Montessori school, a branch of the Bellevue Christian School, and the Chrysalis School.

Civic events[edit]

Civic events in Woodinville include:

  • Celebrate Woodinville Summer Concerts & Festival at DeYoung Park & various downtown locations
  • Celebrate Woodinville Winterfest, including a 5k & 10k, Street Fair, and Downtown Tree Lighting


Historical population
2022 (est.)13,261[5]1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[18]
2020 Census[4]

2020 census[edit]

As of the 2020 census, there were 13,069 people in the city.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 census, there were 10,938 people, 4,478 households, and 2,827 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,953.2 inhabitants per square mile (754.1/km2). There were 4,996 housing units at an average density of 892.1 per square mile (344.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.2% White, 1.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 11.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 2.6% from other races, and 4.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.3% of the population.

There were 4,478 households, of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.9% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.07.

The median age in the city was 38.9 years. 23.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.4% were from 25 to 44; 28.7% were from 45 to 64; and 11.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.

2000 census[edit]

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. There are approximately 130 wineries in and near Woodinville. The Woodinville Tourist District is also home to several fine restaurants.

From 1992 to 2007, the Spirit of Washington Dinner Train traveled from Renton to the Columbia Winery in Woodinville. The service was moved to Tacoma and later ceased operations.[19] At the time of the shutdown, the operator had proposed extending the dinner train service north from Woodinville to Snohomish.[20]

Notable people[edit]

City landmarks[edit]

The City of Woodinville has designated the following landmarks:

Landmark Built Listed Address Photo
Hollywood Farm[30] 1910 1983 14111 NE 145th Street
Hollywood Schoolhouse[30] 1912 1992 14810 NE 145th Street
Woodinville School[30] 1936 2001 17301 – 133rd Avenue NE

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Woodinville". City of Woodinville. Retrieved April 4, 2022.
  2. ^ "Woodinville WA Council Members". Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  3. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c "Explore Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2023.
  5. ^ a b "City and Town Population Totals: 2020-2022". United States Census Bureau. September 7, 2023. Retrieved September 7, 2023.
  6. ^ "Woodinville". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
  7. ^ Clara Woodin Ernst (1955). Pioneers Now and Then. Metropolitan Press.
  8. ^ Glover, Darrell (August 24, 1995). "'Logical' link to Woodinville hits a dead end". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. p. B1.
  9. ^ Kelly, Brian (September 2, 1999). "Woodinville will try again to gain Grace". The Seattle Times. p. B3.
  10. ^ Harris, Cheryl M. (December 11, 1997). "County is putting up a fight for Grace". The Seattle Times. p. B1.
  11. ^ Brooks, Diane (March 9, 1998). "Future arrives for Maltby, Grace". The Seattle Times. p. B1.
  12. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
  13. ^ a b c Boba, Eleanor (September 17, 2018). "Spirit of Washington Dinner Train on Lake Washington (King County), 1992-2007". HistoryLink. Retrieved February 20, 2022.
  14. ^ King County Elections
  15. ^ Clutter, Stephen (September 2, 1993). "There, by Grace, go I". The Seattle Times. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
  16. ^ "Schools & Boundaries". Northshore School District. Retrieved February 20, 2022.
  17. ^ Lake Washington School District (PDF) (Map). Lake Washington School District. November 2021. Retrieved February 20, 2022.
  18. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  19. ^ Nohara, Yoshiaki (June 13, 2007). "Snohomish loses out on dinner train – for now". The Everett Herald. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  20. ^ Velush, Lukas (October 29, 2007). "Spirit of Washington Dinner Train closes". The Everett Herald. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  21. ^ Clark, Colton (January 30, 2023). "NFL Locals: Four area players, three from Washington State and one from Idaho, will suit up for Super Bowl LVII". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved February 6, 2023.
  22. ^ Rahner, Mark (January 6, 2008). "Anu Garg – He's a man of his words". The Seattle Times.
  23. ^ "About Us - Woodinville Repertory Theatre". woodinvillerep.org. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  24. ^ "Peg Phillips Theater Arts Scholarship". ns-scholarship.org. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  25. ^ "Theodore Rinaldo". Syracuse Herald-Journal. February 17, 2000.
  26. ^ "Woodinville's Richard Sanders talks about "WKRP in Cincinnati"". The Seattle Times. April 27, 2007.
  27. ^ "UCLA Bruins".
  28. ^ "Where Are They Now? Marc Wilson, former Shorecrest, BYU, NFL quarterback". seattlepi.com. December 20, 2006. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  29. ^ Macdonald, Moira (October 13, 2005). "An interview with Cameron Crowe, director of "Elizabethtown"". Seattle Times. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  30. ^ a b c King County and Local Landmarks List, King County (undated, last modified February 26, 2003). Accessed online May 8, 2009.

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