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 86.95% 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 (14.03%), office and administrative support (11.77%), and sales jobs (9.11%).

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 9.19% 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.

One downside of living in Kenmore is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Kenmore, the average commute to work is 34.09 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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

If knowledge is power, Kenmore is a pretty powerful place. 50.59% 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 $40,093, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $160,372 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.

In addition, Kenmore has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (16.88%).

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