Washington, NC
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Washington is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 9,788 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Washington is the 92nd largest community in North Carolina.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Washington is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Washington is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Washington who work in food service (11.18%), sales jobs (11.09%), and management occupations (9.40%).

Washington 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.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Washington spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.79 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Washington is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The education level of Washington citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 21.01% of adults in Washington have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Washington in 2010 was $17,927, which is lower middle income relative to North Carolina, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $71,708 for a family of four.

Washington is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Washington home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Washington residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Washington include Irish, German, Scottish, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Washington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Indo-European.