Mercer Island is a city in King County, Washington, United States, situated on the same-named island in Lake Washington's southern reaches. With Seattle to the west and Bellevue to the east, Mercer Island is part of the Seattle metropolitan region. Bridges connect Mercer Island to the mainland on both sides, with the cities of Seattle to the west and Bellevue to the east.
Mercer Island is a fantastic area to live, with a wide range of attractions and proximity to two major cities on each side. The expense of living is high, but the quality of life is also good, which is why many individuals commute to Seattle or Bellevue from Mercer Island. Inhabitants of Mercer Island enjoy a combination of urban and suburban living, with the majority of residents owning their houses. There are several coffee shops and parks on Mercer Island. Mercer Island is home to a large number of seniors who hold moderate political beliefs. Mercer Island is highly recommendable for parents who are concerned about the schooling of their kids as here public schools are well regarded. The schools are graded based on how effectively they prepare pupils for college and how well they do on state-mandated examinations.
Summers in this region is warm (but not hot) and dry, with average monthly temperatures not exceeding 71.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sister Cities International has recognized Thonon-Les-Bains, France as Mercer Island's sister city.
The most well-known yearly activities on Mercer Island are the summer celebrations, which used to take place once a year on the weekend after the Fourth of July. It ran for 30 years before being canceled due to budget constraints in 2019. Between June and October, the Mercer Island Farmers Market is open on most Sundays. On a Sunday in November, a special version of the market called the Harvest Market takes place. Neither the Summer Celebration nor the Seafair weekends have a farmer's market. Local products, such as fruit and vegetables, as well as certain crafts, are available at the market. Mercer island is the site of Blue Angels’ Annual Performance, during Seattle's summer Seafair celebration. Mercer Island is a posh neighborhood located just outside of Seattle. Some of Seattle's millionaires live there. Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the Seattle Seahawks, has a home there, as does Howard Schultz, executive chairman of Starbucks.