Brier, WA
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Brier is a somewhat small city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 6,656 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Brier is the 117th largest community in Washington.

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

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Brier is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Brier is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Brier who work in office and administrative support (14.08%), management occupations (11.43%), and healthcare (9.99%).

Also of interest is that Brier 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: 7.76% 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.

Brier 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, Brier’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Brier is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Brier, the average commute to work is 30.79 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Even though Brier is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

The citizens of Brier are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 36.88% of adults in Brier have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Brier in 2010 was $41,275, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $165,100 for a family of four.

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

The most common language spoken in Brier is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.

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