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 86.36% 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 (11.61%), management occupations (11.50%), and sales jobs (9.36%).

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.

One thing noticeable about Shoreline, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Shoreline is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Shoreline a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Shoreline, the average commute to work is 32.40 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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

Shoreline is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 45.53% 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 $37,960, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $151,840 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.

In addition, Shoreline has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (20.31%).

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