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A+ Mercer Island Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Mercer Island Cost of Living Cost of living is 89% higher than Washington
Mercer Island
217117% more expensive than the US average
11515% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Mercer Island cost of living
A+ Mercer Island Crime Total crime is 47% lower than Washington
Total crime
1,83533% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5533% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-17%Year over year crime is down
Mercer Island crime
A+ Mercer Island Employment Household income is 106% higher than Washington
Median household income
$129,348134% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$77,295159% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%41% lower than the US average
Mercer Island employment
C- Mercer Island Housing Home value is 255% higher than Washington
Median home value
$956,200418% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,79389% higher than the US average
Home ownership
72%12% higher than the US average
Mercer Island real estate or Mercer Island rentals
A+ Mercer Island Schools HS graduation rate is 13% higher than Washington
High school grad. rates
98%18% higher than the US average
School test scores
83%69% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:127% higher than the US average
Mercer Island K-12 schools

Living in Mercer Island, WA

Located in the state of Washington, Mercer Island is a medium-sized city with a population of 24,467 people. Mercer Island has a population density of 3,837 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. At 76%, the majority of the Mercer Island population is White; this is followed by 19% Asian and 2% Black. Mercer Island has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 86% of the population is classified as married and 56% have kids.

Whether you’re relocating to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Mercer Island could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Washington if you know where to search. To help you find the best places to live in and around Mercer Island, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, cost of living, weather and more.

Mercer Island has a livability score of 80 out of 100 and is ranked #12 in Washington and #1,818 in the USA. This is a fantastic score, as Mercer Island ranks well in multiple categories! Mercer Island is also ranked in the top 10 percentile of all cities across the USA. For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Mercer Island ranks very well for amenities (A+), crime (A), education (A+) and employment (A+). Regrettably for Mercer Island, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Mercer Island on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Mercer Island gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 27 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

The average school test scores in Mercer Island are 83%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Mercer Island is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Mercer Island come in at $956,200, which is 255.1% higher than the Washington average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Mercer Island, the home price to income ratio is 7.4, which is 72.1% higher than the Washington average. Real estate appreciation rates in Mercer Island are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Mercer Island homes comes in at 9.7%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 13.2%.

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Compare Mercer Island, WA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Mercer Island, WA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Hawthorne Hills, Seattle817.81,721
Norkirk, Kirkland808.64,252
Highlands, Kirkland808.92,533
View Ridge, Seattle808.74,205
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Laurelhurst, Seattle8074,159
Enatai, Bellevue802.7758
Bridle Trails, Bellevue806.310,425
Magnolia, Seattle7910.516,871

Best Cities Near Mercer Island, WA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Maple Valley, WA8216.225,093
Medina, WA824.43,169
Clyde Hill, WA824.73,197
Yarrow Point, WA815.71,149
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Mercer Island, WA80024,467
Woodway, WA8017.81,367
Sammamish, WA80962,136
Redmond, WA799.559,268

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It's a small city of about 25,000 people that covers the entire island, hence the name. Living on Mercer Island as a teenager, I knew it was the posh part of town, but to me it was just home. It's still in the top 100 richest ZIP codes in the United States, but other parts of Seattle's Eastside have also entered those ranks.

There are excellent schools on Mercer Island, as is common in affluent communities, but the island is also home to Washington State's only coed Jewish high school. The restaurants are nice, and there are some lovely parks, but if you really want to go clubbing or hit theater or major sporting events, you drive to Seattle for that.

Mercer Island has a great celebration and fireworks display for Independence Day, as well as being a focal point of the Blue Angels' performance for Seafair every year in August. Sometimes they even close the bridges temporarily so drivers are not distracted by the Blue Angels practicing or performing.
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Source: The Mercer Island, WA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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