Camano Island is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 16,698 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Camano Island is the 67th largest community in Washington.
Housing costs in Camano Island are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Washington.
Camano Island is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Camano Island is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Camano Island who work in management occupations (12.55%), office and administrative support (10.92%), and sales jobs (10.78%).
Also of interest is that Camano Island has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Camano Island telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.55% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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, Camano 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, Camano Island really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Camano 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.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Camano Island has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Camano Island a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
One of the nice things about Camano 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 Camano Island is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Camano Island, the average commute to work is 39.08 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.
The education level of Camano Island citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 34.13% of adults in Camano Island have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Camano Island in 2010 was $40,269, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $161,076 for a family of four. However, Camano Island contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Camano Island home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Camano Island residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Camano Island include German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Camano Island is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.