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 (18.94%), sales jobs (8.51%), and healthcare (7.58%).
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: 18.19% 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.
Because of many things, Vashon is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Vashon a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Vashon has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local 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.
One of the nice things about Vashon is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
In Vashon, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 36.54 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
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.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Vashon. 55.95% 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 2018 was $52,165, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $208,660 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 English, German, Irish, Scottish, and Swedish.
The most common language spoken in Vashon is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Spanish.