Eastsound is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 5,394 people and just one neighborhood, Eastsound is the 126th largest community in Washington.
Real Estate Prices
Eastsound home prices are not only among the most expensive in Washington, but Eastsound real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Eastsound is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Eastsound is a town of service providers, managers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Eastsound who work in management occupations (17.07%), office and administrative support (9.58%) and food service (8.75%).
Of important note, Eastsound is also a town of artists. Eastsound has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Eastsound’s character.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 15.14% 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Eastsound is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Eastsound’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter 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!) Eastsound 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. Eastsound has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Eastsound than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Eastsound may be for you.
One of the nice things about Eastsound 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 of the benefits of Eastsound is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.88 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.