Bainbridge Island, WA
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Living in Bainbridge Island


Bainbridge Island is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 25,298 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Bainbridge Island is the 43rd largest community in Washington.

Bainbridge Island home prices are not only among the most expensive in Washington, but Bainbridge Island real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Bainbridge Island is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 93.68% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Bainbridge Island is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bainbridge Island who work in management occupations (21.22%), sales jobs (9.89%), and healthcare (8.00%).

Also of interest is that Bainbridge Island has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Bainbridge Island is also a city of artists. Bainbridge Island has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Bainbridge Island’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 16.04% 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, Bainbridge Island 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, Bainbridge Island 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, Bainbridge Island really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Bainbridge Island 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.

One of the nice things about Bainbridge Island 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.

One downside of living in Bainbridge Island is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Bainbridge Island, the average commute to work is 35.00 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Bainbridge Island is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking a ferryboat. For Bainbridge Island, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Bainbridge Island, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Bainbridge Island is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 72.01% 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 Bainbridge Island in 2018 was $60,533, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $242,132 for a family of four.

The people who call Bainbridge Island home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bainbridge Island residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Bainbridge Island include English, German, Irish, Scottish, and Norwegian.

The most common language spoken in Bainbridge Island is English. Other important languages spoken here include German/Yiddish and Spanish.