Bonney Lake, WA
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Living in Bonney Lake


Bonney Lake is a medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 21,148 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Bonney Lake is the 60th largest community in Washington.

Housing costs in Bonney Lake are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Washington.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Bonney Lake is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bonney Lake is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bonney Lake who work in management occupations (11.39%), sales jobs (11.00%), and office and administrative support (10.44%).

A relatively large number of people in Bonney Lake telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.95% 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.

Bonney Lake is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Bonney Lake’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In Bonney Lake, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 37.29 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Bonney Lake 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 train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Bonney Lake area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

In terms of college education, Bonney Lake is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.72% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Bonney Lake in 2018 was $40,133, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $160,532 for a family of four.

Bonney Lake is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bonney Lake home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bonney Lake residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Bonney Lake include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Norwegian.

The most common language spoken in Bonney Lake is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Pacific Island languages.