Indianola is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 3,518 people and just one neighborhood, Indianola is the 147th largest community in Washington.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some towns, Indianola isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Indianola are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Indianola is a town of professionals, sales and office workers and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Indianola who work in management occupations (12.85%), sales jobs (10.71%) and office and administrative support (10.53%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.18% 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
Because of many things, Indianola 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, Indianola really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Indianola 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.
Indianola 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
In Indianola, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.24 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
In Indianola, a lot of people use a ferryboat to get to work every day though Indianola is a relatively small town. Those that ride a ferryboat are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.