Kirkland, WA
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Kirkland is a medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 89,557 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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.48% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

Another interesting thing about Kirkland, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with 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 have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Kirkland. 60.63% 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 Kirkland in 2010 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Kirkland's cultural character, accounting for 22.80% of the city’s population.

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