Fife, WA
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Fife 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 9,970 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Fife is the 89th largest community in Washington. Much of the housing stock in Fife was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Fife economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Fife, where the median household income is $57,500.00.

Housing costs in Fife 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.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Fife is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Fife is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Fife who work in office and administrative support (15.55%), sales jobs (12.71%), and management occupations (7.34%).

Fife 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 Fife citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 19.47% of adults 25 and older in Fife have a college degree.

The per capita income in Fife in 2010 was $24,935, which is middle income relative to Washington, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $99,740 for a family of four. However, Fife contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Fife is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Fife home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fife residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Fife also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.85% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fife include Irish, African, English, and Swedish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Fife's cultural character, accounting for 24.32% of the city’s population.

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

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