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 24,404 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 92.74% 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 (20.05%), business and financial occupations (8.50%), and sales jobs (8.22%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 17.61% 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.

In addition, Bainbridge Island 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, 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.

One of the nice things about Bainbridge Island is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

In Bainbridge Island, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 36.24 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.

If knowledge is power, Bainbridge Island is a pretty powerful place. 69.23% of the adults in Bainbridge Island have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Bainbridge Island in 2010 was $56,614, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $226,456 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 Swedish.

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