Ilwaco, WA
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Ilwaco is a tiny coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 917 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Ilwaco is the 237th largest community in Washington.

Unlike some cities, Ilwaco isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Ilwaco are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ilwaco is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ilwaco who work in teaching (16.85%), office and administrative support (14.38%), and farm management occupations (10.34%).

Of important note, Ilwaco is also a city of artists. Ilwaco has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Ilwaco’s character.

It is a fairly quiet city 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!) Ilwaco 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. Ilwaco has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Ilwaco than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Ilwaco may be for you.

One of the nice things about Ilwaco 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 Ilwaco is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.72 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.

In terms of college education, Ilwaco is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.65% of adults 25 and older in Ilwaco have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Ilwaco in 2010 was $19,849, which is lower middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $79,396 for a family of four. However, Ilwaco contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Ilwaco is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Ilwaco home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ilwaco residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Ilwaco also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.77% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Ilwaco include German, Scottish, French , and Swedish.

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

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