Drive through Issaquah and Sammamish, and you will notice that some neighborhoods are more affluent than others. But just how wide is the disparity between different parts of town?
A new data-based website, Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks provides some answers to that question. The site uses U.S. census information compiled from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey to show median household income and monthly rents by census tract.
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The data show that the median household income in Issaquah rages from $58,697 to $135,313. Lake Sammamish waterfront or a majestic view tends to be a good indicator of wealth in Issaquah. The Talus neighborhood and the Cougar Mountain census tract was Issauqah's wealthiest, with the South Lake Sammamish area close behind with a median income of $131,806.
Issaquah's median monthly rents range from $1,026 in South Issaquah neighborhoods and the Tibbetts Creek area on the city's west side, where rental apartments are relatively plentiful, to $1,510 per month median in the unincorportated Klahanie area, which has a number of "premium" condos and apartments for rent, such as the Sundance and Summerwalk apartment complexes.
In Sammamish, median household incomes range from $106,806 to $166,958. Income levels are highest in the Southeast and Northwest parts of the city, either along the waterfront or near Beaver Lake and Soaring Eagle Regional Park.
Sammamish's median monthly rents reflect a small number of rooms-for-rent at $635 in the Beaver Lake area of town, up to $1,522 near Pine Lake area, which has the largest pool of multi-family condo units for rent in this largely suburban, single-family home city.
Nearly every Issaquah tract and all of Sammamish has an average income well above the statewide middle-class range of $52,508 to $64,322.
Sammamish is second only to Mercer Island in the state with the highest median household income in cities over 20,000 people.
To see the data mapped out and check out more Puget Sound-area neighborhoods, visit the Rich Block, Poor Blocks website.