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. Much of the housing stock in Issaquah was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Issaquah economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. 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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.04% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 Issaquah, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.17 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, 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.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Issaquah's cultural character, accounting for 26.25% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Issaquah is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.