Sammamish, WA
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Sammamish is a medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 63,773 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 94.40% 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 (20.93%), computer science and math (17.69%), and sales jobs (12.22%).

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: 10.37% 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 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 33.07 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.

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.

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 72.88% 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 $58,567, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $234,268 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 English, Irish, Norwegian, and Italian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Sammamish's cultural character, accounting for 25.12% of the city’s population.

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