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. Issaquah has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Issaquah, where 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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.38% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Issaquah is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Issaquah area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Issaquah. 60.85% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

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.

Issaquah also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 20.34%.

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