Kirkland, WA
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Kirkland is a medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 88,630 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 90.49% 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 (17.00%), computer science and math (11.90%), and sales jobs (10.07%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Kirkland telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.59% 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.

One thing that you will notice about Kirkland is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Kirkland a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

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. 60.08% 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 $56,385, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $225,540 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.

In addition, Kirkland has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (22.29%).

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