Mercer Island, WA
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Mercer Island profile


Living in Mercer Island


Mercer Island is a medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 25,976 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Mercer Island is the 44th largest community in Washington.

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

Mercer Island is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 97.07% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Mercer Island is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mercer Island who work in management occupations (21.98%), healthcare (11.40%), and sales jobs (9.98%).

Also of interest is that Mercer Island has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.19% 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.

Mercer Island is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Mercer Island’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Mercer Island is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Mercer Island area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Mercer Island is a pretty powerful place. 79.04% of the adults in Mercer Island 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 Mercer Island in 2018 was $88,203, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $352,812 for a family of four.

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

In addition, Mercer Island has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (20.96%).

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