Issaquah is a medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 39,509 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Issaquah is the 36th largest community in Washington. Issaquah has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Issaquah, where the median household income is $109,676.00.
Issaquah home prices are not only among the most expensive in Washington, but Issaquah real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Issaquah is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 91.89% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Issaquah is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Issaquah who work in management occupations (18.34%), computer science and math (13.94%), and business and financial occupations (10.62%).
Also of interest is that Issaquah 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 Issaquah telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.04% 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.
One downside of living in Issaquah is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Issaquah, the average commute to work is 31.17 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.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Issaquah is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Issaquah area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
If knowledge is power, Issaquah is a pretty powerful place. 64.86% of the adults in Issaquah 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 Issaquah in 2018 was $57,062, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $228,248 for a family of four. However, Issaquah contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Issaquah is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Issaquah home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Issaquah residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Issaquah include German, English, Irish, European, and Norwegian.
In addition, Issaquah has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (26.25%).
The most common language spoken in Issaquah is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.