Aberdeen is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 16,276 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Aberdeen is the 63rd largest community in Washington. Much of the housing stock in Aberdeen was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Aberdeen is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Aberdeen is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Aberdeen who work in office and administrative support (12.92%), sales jobs (9.53%), and personal care services (9.10%).
Aberdeen 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.
For a small city, Aberdeen has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the bus. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in Aberdeen exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.
The percentage of adults in Aberdeen with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 15.61% of adults in Aberdeen have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Aberdeen in 2010 was $20,673, which is lower middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $82,692 for a family of four. However, Aberdeen contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Aberdeen is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Aberdeen home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Aberdeen residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Aberdeen also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.89% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Aberdeen include Irish, English, Norwegian, and French .
The most common language spoken in Aberdeen is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Mon-Khmer (Cambodian).