Ferndale, WA


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Ferndale is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 13,010 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Ferndale is the 74th largest community in Washington.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Ferndale is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ferndale is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Ferndale who work in office and administrative support (12.78%), management occupations (8.49%), and healthcare (7.22%).

Ferndale is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

The education level of Ferndale citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 24.27% of adults in Ferndale have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Ferndale in 2010 was $24,440, which is middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $97,760 for a family of four. However, Ferndale contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Ferndale is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Ferndale home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ferndale residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Ferndale also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.19% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Ferndale include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Dutch.

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

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