Waconia is a somewhat small city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 11,968 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Waconia is the 92nd largest community in Minnesota.
Waconia real estate is some of the most expensive in Minnesota, although Waconia house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Unlike some cities, Waconia isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Waconia are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Waconia is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Waconia who work in management occupations (13.78%), sales jobs (13.49%), and office and administrative support (10.85%).
Also of interest is that Waconia 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 Waconia telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.44% 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.
In addition, Waconia is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
Because of many things, Waconia is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Waconia a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Waconia has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Waconia’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
The citizens of Waconia are among the most well-educated in the nation: 43.22% of adults in Waconia have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Waconia in 2010 was $32,324, which is wealthy relative to Minnesota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $129,296 for a family of four.
The people who call Waconia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Waconia residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Waconia include Norwegian, Irish, Swedish, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Waconia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.