Shoreline has 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. 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. 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. 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 community parks 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. 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 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. 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.