Kirkland, WA
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Living in Kirkland


Kirkland is a medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 93,010 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Kirkland is the 20th largest community in Washington.

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

Kirkland is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.80% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Kirkland is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kirkland who work in management occupations (15.60%), computer science and math (12.12%), and business and financial occupations (9.90%).

Also of interest is that Kirkland 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: 7.48% 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.

One thing noticeable about Kirkland, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Kirkland is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Kirkland a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Kirkland use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Kirkland‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Kirkland, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Kirkland is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 60.63% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Kirkland in 2018 was $59,224, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $236,896 for a family of four.

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

Kirkland also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 22.80%.

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