Mercer Island is a medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 25,134 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 97.17% 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 (24.94%), healthcare (10.91%), and sales jobs (10.32%).
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 10.35% 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.
In addition, Mercer Island is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
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.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Mercer Island use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Mercer Island‘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 Mercer Island. 78.17% 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 $77,295, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $309,180 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, Irish, Italian, and Swedish.
In addition, Mercer Island has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.12%).
The most common language spoken in Mercer Island is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.