Kingston, WA
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Kingston is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 2,110 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Kingston is the 185th largest community in Washington.

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

Kingston is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 89.75% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Kingston is a town of professionals, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kingston who work in management occupations (14.44%), teaching (13.70%), and personal care services (11.92%).

There are many members of the armed forces living in Kingston. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.

Of important note, Kingston is also a town of artists. Kingston has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Kingston’s character.

Also of interest is that Kingston 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: 13.20% 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.

Kingston is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Kingston, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 38.26 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Despite being a small town, Kingston has a lot of people using a ferryboat to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on a ferryboat are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

The education level of Kingston citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 36.25% of adults in Kingston have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Kingston in 2010 was $28,611, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $114,444 for a family of four. However, Kingston contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

The most common language spoken in Kingston is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Portuguese.

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