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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 24,825 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Bainbridge Island is the 48th 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 94.99% 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 (17.75%), sales jobs (12.47%), and business and financial occupations (8.41%).

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.

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 19.98% 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.

Because of many things, Bainbridge Island is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Bainbridge Island really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Bainbridge Island perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

In Bainbridge Island, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.63 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Bainbridge Island use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Bainbridge Island‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding a ferryboat. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

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 72.88% 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 2018 was $66,883, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $267,532 for a family of four.

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, German, Irish, Scottish, and Norwegian.

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


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