Vashon, WA
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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.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Vashon is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Vashon is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Vashon who work in management occupations (13.65%), sales jobs (12.13%), and office and administrative support (8.13%).

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: 9.80% 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 educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

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.

Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Vashon is worth considering.

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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Vashon, the average commute to work is 36.28 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

In Vashon, a lot of people use a ferryboat to get to work every day though Vashon is a relatively small town. Those that ride a ferryboat are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Vashon. 57.10% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Vashon in 2010 was $42,129, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $168,516 for a family of four.

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 English, Irish, Swedish, and Scottish.

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

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