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About Shoreline

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About Shoreline

Welcome to Shoreline

Shoreline boasts a unique history and character derived from original settlements dating back to the late 1800s. The quality that drew early settlers to the area remains dominant to this day: location. The City of Shoreline offers classic Puget Sound beauty and the convenience of suburban living with the attractions of nearby urban opportunities.

Before becoming a city in 1995, the City of Shoreline was an island of unincorporated King County surrounded by the older cities of Seattle, Edmonds, Woodway and Lake Forest Park. Covering 11.74 square miles, Shoreline has a population of more than 53,000 residents. It is primarily residential with more than 70 percent of the households being single-family residences. Over the years, the Shoreline community has developed a reputation for strong neighborhoods, excellent schools and abundant parks.

City Government

The City of Shoreline operates as a code city under the laws of the State of Washington with a Council-Manager form of government. The City's seven part-time elected Councilmembers choose a Mayor and Deputy Mayor from among their members. The City Manager is hired by the City Council and implements the Council's policies and oversees the City's day-to-day operations. 

City Council
City Manager's Office


From breathtaking views of Puget Sound to tennis, indoor swimming to nature trails and beach access to skateboarding, Shoreline's more than 400 acres of park land and open space offer a variety of enriching recreation and outdoor experiences. The City recently invested $18.5 million to improve its parks, which include saltwater shoreline, a botanical garden, an interurban trail and hiking trails, and newly improved athletic fields, courts and playgrounds.

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Find and register for a recreation program


Shoreline residents enjoy stellar public and private schools that are consistently recognized for strong test scores and active community support.  Shoreline is also home to Shoreline Community College, a nationally recognized local resource.

Shoreline School District
Private Elementary and High Schools
Shoreline Community College


Shoreline is made up of 14 well-defined neighborhoods, each with its own character. Neighborhood volunteers create a sense of community in their neighborhoods by organizing social events, coordinating Shoreline Watch activities, implementing Neighborhood Mini-Grant projects, planning speakers and sharing information through social media, websites and e-newsletters.

Neighborhood Program

Environmental Sustainability

Shoreline's commitment to the environment is evident in its Environmental Sustainability Strategy, implemented so future generations of local residents will have the resources and means to live at least as well as, and preferably better than, people today.

Sustainable Shoreline
Environmental Sustainability Strategy

Location and Transit

Shoreline shares its south border with Seattle and downtown Seattle is approximately 10 miles away. Shoreline is bordered on the west by Puget Sound, on the north by Edmonds, and on the east by Lake Forest Park.

Map and Directions
Bus - Metro Transit
Bus - Community Transit
Ferry - Downtown Seattle terminal
Ferry - Edmonds terminal
Train - Sounder Transit


Shoreline has a marine west coast climate with warm, but not hot summers and cool, but not cold winters. Rainfall averages about 38 inches, most of which occurs in the winter time. Summers are mild, sunny and dry with highs averaging in the 70s.

Shoreline quick facts
NOAA weather forecast