Redmond is bordered by Kirkland, Bellevue, and Sammamish. Located around 15 miles east of Seattle, with a population of approximately 71,929. The city was named Redmond, after Luke McRedmond, one of the first European settlers in the area. Redmond is commonly recognized as the home of Microsoft and Nintendo of America.
Several companies in the high-tech industry are based in Redmond. It is commonly recognized as the home of Microsoft, with over 94,000 employees and more than 8 million square feet of office space in the Seattle area Eastside region.
The city's urban downtown lies just north of Lake Sammamish; residential areas lie north and west of the lake. Overlake, the city's second urban center, is to the west of Lake Sammamish. The Sammamish River runs north from the lake along the west edge of the city's downtown. Redmond consists of ten neighborhoods, as well as 47 public parks totaling over 1,351 acres. Redmond is part of the Lake Washington School District, which also encompasses Kirkland and parts of Sammamish and Woodinville.
Redmond Derby Days is an annual community festival. It began as a race called the Redmond Bicycle Derby in 1939, and since then has become a multi-day event including a bicycle criterium, parade, entertainment stages, beer garden, local food offerings, and activities. Marymoor hosts an annual summer series of concerts held at the amphitheater in Marymoor Park. Redmond Saturday Market is the oldest farmer's market on the Seattle area's east side. This market is held on Saturdays from May through October near the Redmond Town Center.