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, Vashon isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Vashon are a mix of both white- and blue-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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
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.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Vashon has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Vashon a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
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 36.54 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.
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.