Vashon is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 11,237 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Vashon is the 80th largest community in Washington.
Vashon home prices are not only among the most expensive in Washington, but Vashon real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Vashon is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Vashon is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Vashon who work in management occupations (18.09%), sales jobs (8.74%), and office and administrative support (8.12%).
Of important note, Vashon is also a town of artists. Vashon has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Vashon’s character.
Also of interest is that Vashon has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 14.24% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
In addition, Vashon is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
Vashon is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Vashon’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Vashon has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Vashon has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Vashon than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Vashon may be for you.
Vashon 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 Vashon, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 36.54 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.
Despite being a small town, Vashon has a lot of people using a ferryboat to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on a ferryboat are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
If knowledge is power, Vashon is a pretty powerful place. 57.11% of the adults in Vashon have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Vashon in 2010 was $52,294, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $209,176 for a family of four. However, Vashon contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Vashon home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Vashon residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Vashon include German, English, Irish, Scottish, and Swedish.
The most common language spoken in Vashon is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.