Lopez Island is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 2,753 people and just one neighborhood, Lopez Island is the 167th largest community in Washington.
Real Estate Prices
Lopez Island home prices are not only among the most expensive in Washington, but Lopez Island real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Lopez Island is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Lopez Island is a town of professionals, service providers and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lopez Island who work in management occupations (14.16%), sales jobs (9.97%) and office and administrative support (9.53%).
Of important note, Lopez Island is also a town of artists. Lopez Island has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Lopez Island’s character.
Also of interest is that Lopez Island has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Lopez Island telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 17.25% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Lopez Island is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Lopez Island has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Lopez Island has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Lopez Island than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Lopez Island may be for you.
Lopez Island is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
Despite being a small town, Lopez Island has a lot of people using a ferryboat to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on a ferryboat are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.