Shoreline residents enjoy the best of both worlds-the convenience of the suburbs along with the opportunities of Seattle, which it borders. Since incorporating in 1995, Shoreline has established a reputation for quality schools, ample parks and recreational facilities, and active neighborhood commitment. Shoreline has 14 distinct neighborhoods, providing diverse housing options ranging from exclusive waterfront homes to moderately priced homes and apartments.

The city boasts two libraries, the Shoreline Community College, the Shoreline Historical Museum, an arts council, community pool, recreational center, teen and senior centers, and a thriving business community. Area parks offer a wide range of activities including skateboarding, basketball, tennis, fishing, swimming, and hiking. Its sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Olympics make Richmond Beach Saltwater Park a local favorite. The interurban Trail, a three mile, non motorized path links Shoreline neighborhoods, businesses, and parks.

Metro, Community Transit, and Sound Transit all provide bus service in and beyond Shoreline, with eight convenient Park & Ride lots for commuters.