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 2,772 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
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Lopez Island is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (13.15%), maintenance occupations (10.52%) and sales jobs (9.24%).
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.
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 15.10% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Lopez Island’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
Lopez Island’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Lopez Island has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Lopez Island a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
One of the nice things about Lopez Island is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
One of the benefits of Lopez Island is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.54 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Even though Lopez Island is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly a ferryboat for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.