Medina, Washington

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Medina is a city located in the Eastside, a region of King County, Washington, United States. Surrounded on the north, west, and south by Lake Washington, opposite Seattle, Medina is bordered by Clyde Hill and Hunts Point, as well as the satellite city of Bellevue. The city's population was 3,011 at the 2000 census. The city is mostly residential and home to Bill Gates (philanthropist and Microsoft chairman), Charles Simonyi (space tourist and former Microsoft executive), and Ichiro Suzuki (Seattle Mariners outfielder).

Medina has the third highest per-capita income in the state of Washington and the 49th highest in the United States.



Named in 1891 after the holy city of Medina in Saudi Arabia (yet pronounced differently, with a long "i"), Medina was platted in 1914 and officially incorporated on August 19, 1955. According to the city:[3]


In 2009, Medina installed cameras at intersections along roads entering the city; the cameras are used to capture the license plate number of every car, and a security system automatically notifies local police if the captured number is recorded in a database.[4] Travelers are notified of the presence of the system with signs that read "You Are Entering a 24 Hour Video Surveillance Area"; according to Medina's police chief, all captured information is stored for 60 days even if nothing negative is found in the database, allowing police to mine data if a crime occurs later.[4] One of the city's council members said the system was motivated by the belief that the need for crime prevention—Medina had 11 burglaries in 2008—"outweighs concern over privacy."[4] The system was inspired by that used in nearby Hunts Point, a town of about 500 residents which hasn't had a break-in for more than three years after installing their system.[4]

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