Bainbridge Island, WA
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Bainbridge Island 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 23,840 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Bainbridge Island is the 43rd largest community in Washington.

Bainbridge Island home prices are not only among the most expensive in Washington, but Bainbridge Island real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Bainbridge Island is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 91.70% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Bainbridge Island is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bainbridge Island who work in management occupations (18.76%), business and financial occupations (8.29%), and sales jobs (7.74%).

Of important note, Bainbridge Island is also a city of artists. Bainbridge Island has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Bainbridge Island’s character.

Also of interest is that Bainbridge Island has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 16.97% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

Because of many things, Bainbridge Island is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Bainbridge Island 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, Bainbridge Island has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Bainbridge Island’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Bainbridge 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

In Bainbridge Island, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 36.91 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Bainbridge Island is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, a ferryboat helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Bainbridge Island area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Bainbridge Island, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Bainbridge Island is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 68.62% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Bainbridge Island in 2010 was $56,391, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $225,564 for a family of four.

Bainbridge Island is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bainbridge Island home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bainbridge Island residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Bainbridge Island include English, Irish, Norwegian, and European.

The most common language spoken in Bainbridge Island is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.