Sammamish, WA
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Living in Sammamish


Sammamish is a medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 65,892 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Sammamish is the 23rd largest community in Washington.

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

Sammamish is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 94.43% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Sammamish is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Sammamish who work in computer science and math (20.54%), management occupations (20.10%), and business and financial occupations (10.98%).

Also of interest is that Sammamish 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 Sammamish telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.67% 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.

In addition, Sammamish 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, Sammamish 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, Sammamish really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Sammamish 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.

In Sammamish, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.72 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, Sammamish 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 Sammamish area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Sammamish is a pretty powerful place. 75.16% of the adults in Sammamish 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 Sammamish in 2018 was $70,377, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $281,508 for a family of four.

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

Foreign born people are also an important part of Sammamish's cultural character, accounting for 30.12% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Sammamish is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Langs. of India.