Mercer Island, WA
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Mercer Island is a medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 25,261 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 96.80% 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 (23.85%), healthcare (10.52%), and sales jobs (10.25%).

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 10.54% 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.

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 like to read, write and learn? If you move to Mercer Island, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Mercer Island is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 78.15% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Mercer Island in 2010 was $82,637, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $330,548 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 German, English, Irish, European, and Italian.

In addition, Mercer Island has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.52%).

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