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 2,774 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, Lopez Island isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Lopez Island are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Lopez Island is a town of professionals, service providers and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lopez Island who work in management occupations (14.24%), maintenance occupations (8.07%) and office and administrative support (7.99%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.78% 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.
The overall crime rate in Lopez Island is one of the lowest in the US. This makes it one of the safer places to live in the country in terms of crime.
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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Lopez Island spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.30 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.
Even though Lopez Island is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly taxis for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.