Mountlake Terrace, WA
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Mountlake Terrace is a medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 20,989 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Mountlake Terrace is the 50th largest community in Washington.

Housing costs in Mountlake Terrace are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Washington.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Mountlake Terrace is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Mountlake Terrace is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mountlake Terrace who work in office and administrative support (14.06%), sales jobs (10.25%), and management occupations (8.80%).

Also of interest is that Mountlake Terrace has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Mountlake Terrace is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Mountlake Terrace area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The percentage of people in Mountlake Terrace who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.71% of adults in Mountlake Terrace have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Mountlake Terrace in 2010 was $30,104, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $120,416 for a family of four. However, Mountlake Terrace contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Mountlake Terrace is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Mountlake Terrace home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Mountlake Terrace residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Mountlake Terrace also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.57% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Mountlake Terrace include Irish, English, Norwegian, and European.

In addition, Mountlake Terrace has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (17.21%).

The most common language spoken in Mountlake Terrace is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.

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