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 55,333 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.

One of the nice things about Shoreline is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

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 32.06 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.

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.

The education level of Shoreline ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Shoreline, 43.48% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

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 English, Irish, Norwegian, and Swedish.

Shoreline also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 18.84%.

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