Brier, WA
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Brier is a somewhat small city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 6,884 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, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Brier who work in management occupations (11.60%), sales jobs (10.20%), and office and administrative support (9.97%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.85% 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, Brier 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, Brier really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Brier 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.

In Brier, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.20 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.

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 population of Brier is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 37.17% of adults in Brier have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Brier in 2010 was $45,457, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $181,828 for a family of four.

Brier is a very 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 Italian and Arabic.


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