Bryn Mawr-Skyway, Washington

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Bryn Mawr-Skyway is a census-designated place (CDP) in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 13,977 at the 2000 census.

Bryn Mawr-Skyway is the only census-designated place in the Seattle metro area to report a majority-minority population in the 2000 Census. Bryn Mawr-Skyway also has the highest black population of any CDP in the entire Pacific Northwest, consisting of over a quarter of citizens. A significant Filipino-American community also exists.



Skyway lies in an unincorporated "donut hole" roughly between the cities of Seattle, Tukwila and Renton, Washington.[2] Though it is surrounded by major municipalities, its limited infrastructure and low-income demographics have made it an unattractive area to incorporate. It is frequently along the shortest route of travel for commuters using local streets to enter Seattle from the southeast. The neighborhood was mostly developed just after World War II as affordabale housing for returning veterans. The area remains an affordable area close to the high employment areas of Renton and Seattle. The name "Skyway" may be derived from the area's correspondence with a high ridge in western Washington's hilly terrain.

Skyway's main business districts lie along Renton Avenue South, with one center between 68th Avenue South and 74th Avenue South, including two small casinos, and another between 75th Avenue South and 78th Avenue South, including a bank branch, the fire station, and the public library (a branch of the King County Library System). There is also a small business district centered at Martin Luther King Way South (State Route 900) around South 129th Street. Skyway Park, with baseball fields, a creek and wetlands, and picnic areas, is located near the center of Skyway.

Skyway and Bryn Mawr are referred to as "Bryn Mawr-Skyway" or "Skyway-Bryn Mawr". Together with nearby Lakeridge, the community is sometimes called "West Hill".[2]

Bryn Mawr-Skyway is located at 47°29′40″N 122°14′12″W / 47.494571°N 122.236557°W / 47.494571; -122.236557 (47.494571, -122.236557).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.7 km2), of which, 3.2 square miles (8.2 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km2) of it (5.09%) is water.

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