Sammamish, WA
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Sammamish is a medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 64,548 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 94.03% 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 (20.97%), computer science and math (18.64%), and sales jobs (11.88%).

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: 10.34% 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". 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.

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.

In Sammamish, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.95 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Sammamish 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 Sammamish area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Sammamish is a pretty powerful place. 72.92% 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 $61,690, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $246,760 for a family of four.

Sammamish is an extremely 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 German, English, Irish, European, and Norwegian.

Sammamish also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 26.20%.

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