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, 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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.80% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
Because of many things, Vashon is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Vashon really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Vashon perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
In Vashon, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 36.28 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.
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 57.10% 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 $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 German, English, Irish, Swedish, Scottish and Norwegian.
The most common language spoken in Vashon is English. Some people also speak Spanish.
|NUMBER OF HOMES AND APARTMENTS||4,704|
|VASHON HOME OWNERSHIP|
|% OWNER OCCUPIED||79.99%|
|% RENTER OCCUPIED||20.01%|
|TYPE OF VASHON HOMES|
|SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED||90.41%|
|ROWHOUSES AND ATTACHED HOMES||0.91%|
|SMALL APARTMENT BUILDINGS||1.91%|
|COMPLEXES OR HIGH RISE APARTMENTS||4.26%|
|SIZE OF VASHON HOMES|
|5 OR MORE BEDROOMS||4.28%|
|AGE OF VASHON HOMES|
|NEWER HOMES (2000 OR LATER)||6.73%|
|ESTABLISHED, BUT NOT OLD HOMES (1970-1999)||44.05%|
|WELL-ESTABLISHED, OLD HOMES (1940-1969)||23.85%|
|HISTORIC (1939 OR BEFORE)||25.37%|
|VASHON REAL ESTATE INFORMATION||DETAILS|
|MEDIAN HOME VALUE||$578,194|
|MEDIAN RENTAL PRICE||$1,285|
|HOME VALUE RANGE|
|$0 - $70,000||0.53%|
|$70,001 - $140,000||0.40%|
|$140,001 - $280,000||5.32%|
|$280,001 - $420,000||14.38%|
|$420,001 - $559,000||30.77%|
|$559,001 - $699,000||15.25%|
|$699,001 - $1,049,000||21.15%|
|$1,049,001 - $1,399,000||8.56%|
|PEOPLE OF VASHON||DETAILS|
|UNDER 5 YEARS||3.06%|
|5 TO 17||14.85%|
|18 TO 24||5.78%|
|25 TO 34||5.28%|
|35 TO 54||29.54%|
|55 TO 64||22.58%|
|65 YEARS AND OVER||18.90%|
|EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT OF ADULTS|
|HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES||95.61%|
|MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME||$72,568|
|PER CAPITA INCOME||$42,129|
|INDIVIDUALS BELOW POVERTY LEVEL||6.35%|
|INDUSTRIES PEOPLE WORK IN||Professional, scientific, and technical services (14.31%)
Public Service (3.76%)
Information Technology (3.58%)
|BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN||0.16%|
|AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE||0.77%|
|NATIVE HAWAIIAN AND OTHER PACIFIC ISLANDERS||0.00%|
|SOME OTHER RACE ALONE||0.02%|
|TWO OR MORE RACES||2.52%|
|HISPANIC OR LATINO (OF ANY RACE)||3.62%|
|ETHNICITIES PRESENT||German (21.69%)
Northern European (4.17%)
|LANGUAGES SPOKEN||English (92.93%)
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