Mount Vernon, WA
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Mount Vernon is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 34,053 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Mount Vernon is the 33rd largest community in Washington.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Mount Vernon is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Mount Vernon is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Mount Vernon who work in sales jobs (11.83%), office and administrative support (9.78%), and management occupations (9.55%).

One of the nice things about Mount Vernon is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

The citizens of Mount Vernon are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.91% of adults in Mount Vernon having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Mount Vernon in 2010 was $22,134, which is lower middle income relative to Washington, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $88,536 for a family of four. However, Mount Vernon contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Mount Vernon is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Mount Vernon home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Mount Vernon residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Mount Vernon also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 34.31% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Mount Vernon include English, Irish, Norwegian, and Dutch.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Mount Vernon's cultural character, accounting for 18.74% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Mount Vernon is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.