Issaquah is a city in King County, located in a valley and bisected by Interstate 90. Issaquah is included in the Seattle metropolitan area, with a population of approximately 39,509. "Issaquah" derives from a local Native American name, meaning either "the sound of birds", "snake", or "little stream".
Issaquah is home to the headquarters of the multinational retail company, Costco. The presence of both Boeing and Microsoft has significantly affected Issaquah's history, cultural development, and diverse population.
Issaquah is surrounded on three sides by what are known locally as the Issaquah Alps:
Cougar Mountain on the west.
Squak Mountain to the south.
Tiger Mountain to the southeast.
Issaquah School District operates 28 schools around the Issaquah area, including Issaquah High School, Liberty Senior High School, Skyline High School, and Gibson Ek High School.
Forbes.com ranked Issaquah the 2nd fastest-growing suburb in the state, and the 89th in the nation. According to the Washington State Office of Financial Management, Issaquah ranked 6th of 279 eligible incorporated communities in population growth between 2000 and 2005.
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