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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.55% 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.
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.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Camano Island has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Camano Island has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Camano Island than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Camano Island may be for you.
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.
In Camano Island, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 39.08 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
The population of Camano Island 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: 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.