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 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", 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.

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.

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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Sammamish is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Sammamish, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

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.

In addition, Sammamish has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (25.07%).

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