Mercer Island, WA
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Mercer Island is a medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 25,042 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.

A relatively large number of people in Mercer Island telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.29% 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 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.

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.

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.

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.