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 (15.63%), sales jobs (8.86%), and office and administrative support (8.60%).
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.
A relatively large number of people in Vashon telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.96% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.
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 36.05 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.
Even though Vashon is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly a ferryboat for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Vashon, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Vashon is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 55.33% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Vashon in 2010 was $45,809, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $183,236 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.