Mercer Island, WA
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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.

A relatively large number of people in Mercer Island telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 11.19% 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.

Because of many things, Mercer Island is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Mercer Island really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Mercer Island perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Mercer Island is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Mercer Island, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Mercer Island. 79.04% 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 Mercer Island in 2010 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.