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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.87% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Sammamish 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, Sammamish’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Sammamish is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Sammamish, the average commute to work is 32.18 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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.

If knowledge is power, Sammamish is a pretty powerful place. 72.99% of the adults in Sammamish 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 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.