Kenmore, WA
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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 great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Kenmore a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Kenmore has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Kenmore’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

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.

If knowledge is power, Kenmore is a pretty powerful place. 52.15% of the adults in Kenmore 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 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Kenmore's cultural character, accounting for 17.44% of the city’s population.

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