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 96.14% 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 (25.00%), healthcare (12.48%), and sales jobs (10.48%).
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: 10.29% 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.
In addition, Mercer Island is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
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.
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.
If knowledge is power, Mercer Island is a pretty powerful place. 77.13% 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 2010 was $74,808, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $299,232 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, Swedish, and European.
Mercer Island also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.50%.
The most common language spoken in Mercer Island is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.