Tukwila, WA
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Tukwila is a medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 20,018 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Tukwila is the 53rd largest community in Washington.

Housing costs in Tukwila are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Washington.

Tukwila is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Tukwila is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Tukwila who work in office and administrative support (12.52%), food service (8.88%), and maintenance occupations (7.71%).

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

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Tukwila 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 Tukwila area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The citizens of Tukwila are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.69% of adults in Tukwila having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Tukwila in 2010 was $21,777, which is lower middle income relative to Washington, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $87,108 for a family of four. However, Tukwila contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Tukwila is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Tukwila home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Tukwila residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Tukwila also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.06% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Tukwila include Somalian, Irish, English, and Norwegian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Tukwila's cultural character, accounting for 39.67% of the city’s population.

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