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.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

In Shoreline, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.06 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Shoreline use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Shoreline‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The citizens of Shoreline are among the most well-educated in the nation: 43.48% of adults in Shoreline have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's 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.

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.