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Redmond is most well known as Microsoft’s headquarters, with Microsoft’s campus spanning 500 acres—the same size as Disneyland—and employing more than 50,000 employees, or slightly more than 75% of the entire city’s population. Of course, not all of Microsoft’s employees live in Redmond, with many commuting to HQ from Seattle or nearby towns on the Microsoft Connector buses. Besides Microsoft, Redmond is also home to the American headquarters of Nintendo and the research division of Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Redmond is easily walkable, especially within each of its ten neighborhoods. Some areas are primarily residential, with a more suburban vibe, such as Idylwood, with its waterfront homes on the shores of Lake Sammamish, or Education Hill, which is home to four of the city’s public schools. Downtown Redmond and Overlake serve as the town’s two urban centers, and residents there can easily walk or bike to work nearby.

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Living in Greater Seattle

The splendid natural geography of the Seattle suburbs, which are surrounded by lakes, mountains, and fog-covered evergreens, defines the scenic string of towns that form Greater Seattle. The cities across Lake Washington are collectively known as the Eastside and mainly located in King County, while the North Country encompasses the towns in Snohomish County. There’s a deep concentration of tech companies in the region and many of these cities serve as economic hubs in their own right, including Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, outposts of Amazon and Facebook in Bellevue, and a new Google campus in Kirkland. Each town has a distinct personality and there’s a perfect Seattle suburb for almost everyone, whether you prefer an apartment in an urban core, a lakefront estate, or a rural farmhouse. Locals love to embrace the outdoors, with plentiful hiking, biking, swimming, and boating opportunities wherever you go.