Incorporated August 31, 1999, Sammamish is a Municipal Code city, with a Council/City Manager form of government. Citizens elect seven Councilmembers, who in turn appoint a City Manager to guide day to day operations.

Sammamish Comprehensive Plan, adopted September 16, 2003:
"The Vision of Sammamish is a community of families. A blend of small-town atmosphere with a suburban character, the city also enjoys a unique core of urban lifestyles and conveniences. It is characterized by quality neighborhoods, vibrant natural features, and outstanding recreational opportunities. A variety of community gathering places provide numerous civic, cultural, and educational opportunities. Residents are actively involved in the decisions that shape the community and ensure a special sense of place."

The name Sammamish is derived from two Native American words: Samena – hunter and mish – people. 


Population: 61,250
Area: 24 sq. miles 
Elevation: Ranges from 40 feet along Lake Sammamish shoreline to 615 feet on top of Inglewood Hill. See a topographic map of Sammamish (1.8 MB PDF).
Paved Roadway: 167 miles
Local Sales Tax: 9.5%  
Median Household Income (2009-2013 US Census): $143,919
City Hall Hours of Operation: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Monday through Friday
Legal Holidays Observed: New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King’s Birthday
President’s Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veteran’s Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day
School Districts: Issaquah School District #411
(425) 837-7000
Lake Washington School District #414
(425) 936-1200
Public Safety: Police Department Business Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm (Monday - Friday)
(425) 295-0770 (Police Department Business Office)
(206) 296-3311 (Non-Emergency Dispatch Phone)