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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.87% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Sammamish is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Sammamish really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Sammamish perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

In Sammamish, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.18 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

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.