Shoreline, WA
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Shoreline is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 56,189 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Shoreline is the 19th largest community in Washington.

Shoreline home prices are not only among the most expensive in Washington, but Shoreline real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Shoreline is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.17% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Shoreline is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Shoreline who work in office and administrative support (11.59%), management occupations (10.83%), and sales jobs (9.88%).

Also of interest is that Shoreline has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Shoreline is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One downside of living in Shoreline, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.06 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, Shoreline 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 Shoreline area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Shoreline is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 43.48% of adults in Shoreline have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Shoreline in 2010 was $35,744, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $142,976 for a family of four. However, Shoreline contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Shoreline is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Shoreline home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Shoreline residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Shoreline include German, English, Irish, Norwegian, and Swedish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Shoreline's cultural character, accounting for 18.84% of the city’s population.

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