Sammamish, WA
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Sammamish is a medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 52,253 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Sammamish is the 23rd largest community in Washington.

Sammamish home prices are not only among the most expensive in Washington, but Sammamish real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Sammamish is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 95.32% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Sammamish is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Sammamish who work in management occupations (21.17%), computer science and math (16.66%), and sales jobs (13.28%).

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

A relatively large number of people in Sammamish telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.87% 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, Sammamish 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, Sammamish is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Sammamish a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Sammamish has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Sammamish’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Sammamish, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.18 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Sammamish use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Sammamish‘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 Sammamish, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Sammamish is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 72.99% 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 Sammamish in 2010 was $57,955, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $231,820 for a family of four.

Sammamish is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Sammamish home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Sammamish residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Sammamish include English, Irish, Italian, and Norwegian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Sammamish's cultural character, accounting for 25.07% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Sammamish is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Other Asian languages.