Kenmore, WA
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Living in Kenmore


Kenmore is a medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 22,357 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Kenmore is the 47th largest community in Washington.

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

Kenmore is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.98% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Kenmore is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kenmore who work in management occupations (14.96%), office and administrative support (11.54%), and sales jobs (9.01%).

Also of interest is that Kenmore 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 Kenmore telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.03% 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.

Because of many things, Kenmore 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, Kenmore really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Kenmore 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.

In Kenmore, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.86 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Kenmore 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 Kenmore 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 Kenmore. 52.15% 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 Kenmore in 2010 was $42,354, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $169,416 for a family of four. However, Kenmore contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

Kenmore also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.44%.

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