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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 17.61% 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.

In addition, Bainbridge Island is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Bainbridge Island is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Bainbridge Island’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

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.

One downside of living in Bainbridge Island, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 36.24 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Bainbridge Island is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking a ferryboat. For Bainbridge Island, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

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 69.23% 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 $56,614, 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.