Issaquah, WA
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Issaquah is a medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 36,081 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Issaquah is the 36th largest community in Washington. There's nothing like the smell of a brand new house, and in Issaquah, you'll find that a large proportion of houses were recently built. New growth in residential real estate is an indication that people are choosing to move to Issaquah, and putting down their money on brand new construction. Issaquah’s real estate is, on average, some of the newest in the nation. Issaquah does seem to be experiencing an influx of affluent people, because the median household income is $89,776.00.

Issaquah home prices are not only among the most expensive in Washington, but Issaquah real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Issaquah is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 92.87% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Issaquah is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Issaquah who work in management occupations (17.12%), computer science and math (11.80%), and sales jobs (11.42%).

Also of interest is that Issaquah has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Issaquah telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.38% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Issaquah is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Issaquah, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, Issaquah is a pretty powerful place. 60.85% of the adults in Issaquah have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Issaquah in 2010 was $48,230, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $192,920 for a family of four. However, Issaquah contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Issaquah is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Issaquah home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Issaquah residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Issaquah include Irish, English, European, and Swedish.

In addition, Issaquah has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (20.34%).

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