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Overview

Introduction to Mercer Island, Washington

Mercer Island, Washington, in King county, is 2 miles S of Bellevue, Washington (center to center) and 5 miles SE of Seattle, Washington. The city is part of the Seattle - Bellevue - Everett metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Mercer Island History

The first settlements were established in this region in the 1870s. According to some sources, the place was named in honor of the pioneer, Judge Thomas Mercer. The first large settlement was called East Seattle. This was on the northwest side of Mercer Island. The Lake Washington Floating Bridge, which was built in 1940, played a significant role in the development of the region. The city of Mercer Island was officially incorporated on July 5, 1960. The nearby business district was incorporated as a town a month later. However, ten years later both municipalities merged on May 19, 1970.

Mercer Island and nearby Attractions

  • Eastside Heritage Center - McDowell House
  • Bellevue Arts Museum
  • Mercer Village
  • Cougar Mountain Zoo
  • Mercer Island Shopping Center
  • Island Crest Park

Things To Do In Mercer Island

Being in King county, Mercer Island provides easy access to a large number of historic sites and museums. One can take a trip to the Eastside Heritage Center-McDowell House and Winters House and the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. The Bellevue Arts Museum, Frye Art Museum, Museum of Flight, Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art, Vintage Telephone Equipment Museum, and Wing Luke Asian Museum can all be reached easily from Mercer Island. The city has great shopping malls that offer a host of entertainment opportunities. Other popular tourist haunts include Cougar Mountain Zoo, Pike Place Market, Seattle Aquarium, and Space Needle.

Mercer Island Transportation

International flights are available from Boeing Field/King County International Airport.

Mercer Island Higher Education

Residents of Mercer Island can enroll at City University, Renton Technical College, or Seattle University.

Demographics

People

Total Population24,467
Male Share of the Population48.6%
Female Share of the Population51.4%
Senior Citizens20.3%
Employed Population 16+10,807
Age of the Population46

Families

% of people married65.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher78.2%
Median Earnings25+$82,269
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$11,250
Median Earnings With High School Degree$45,543

Wealth

Median Family Income$171,410
% Above Poverty Level95.4%
% Below Poverty Level4.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home10.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.4%
% Using Public Transportation7.1%

Housing

People Living Alone23.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,793
Median House Value$956,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)31.2%
German13.6%
English13.1%
Irish10.7%
Italian5.5%
Swedish4.7%
Norwegian4.4%
Polish3.8%
Russian3%
Scottish2.8%
French Except Basque2.1%
Dutch1.8%
Greek1.3%
Finnish1.3%
Danishn1%
Welsh1%
Arab0.9%
Iranian0.8%
Brazilian0.8%
Swiss0.7%
African0.5%
Jordanian0.4%
Slovene0.4%
Lebanese0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Czech0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Ethiopian0.3%
Romanian0.3%
Australian0.3%
Israeli0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Slovak0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
US/American0.1%
Basque0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Mercer Island Almanac

CategoryValue
County King County
Standard Zip Codes98040
Phone Area Codes
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude47.56
Approximate Longitude-122.22

Mercer Island Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationSEATTLE URBAN SITE
Distance6.6 miles
Jan Temp36 to 47 F
Apr Temp43 to 59 F
Jul Temp56 to 75 F
Oct Temp46 to 60 F
Annual Precip38.2 inches
StationSEATTLE SAND PT WSFO
Distance7.9 miles
Jan Temp35 to 46 F
Apr Temp42 to 58 F
Jul Temp55 to 75 F
Oct Temp46 to 60 F
Annual Precip35.9 inches
StationSEATTLE TACOMA AP
Distance8.5 miles
Jan Temp36 to 46 F
Apr Temp42 to 58 F
Jul Temp55 to 75 F
Oct Temp46 to 60 F
Annual Precip37 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Beaux Arts Village368$217,917
Bellevue136,718$118,483
Clyde Hill3,197$203,438
Hunts Point461$195,833
Medina3,169$229,792
Newcastle11,189$143,266

Mercer Island Public Schools

Island Park Elementary
5437 Island Crest Way
ZIP: 98040
(206) 236-3410
Primary
Total Enrollment 576
Islander Middle School
8225 Se 72nd
ZIP: 98040
(206) 236-3413
Middle
Total Enrollment 1095
Lakeridge Elementary School
8215 Se 78th
ZIP: 98040
(206) 236-3415
Primary
Total Enrollment 644
Mercer Island High School
9100 Se 42nd
ZIP: 98040
(206) 236-3345
High
Total Enrollment 1416
West Mercer Elementary
4141 81st Ave Se
ZIP: 98040
(206) 236-3430
Primary
Total Enrollment 715

Mercer Island Private Schools

American Academy
7834 Se 32nd St
ZIP: 98040
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 25
Children's Institute For Learning Differences
4030 86th Ave Se
ZIP: 98040
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 42
Early World Montessori
3027 80th Ave Se
ZIP: 98040
Elementary
Total Enrollment 17
Etc Preparatory Academy
9655 Se 36th St Ste 101
ZIP: 98040
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 38
French American School Of Puget Sound
3795 E Mercer Way
ZIP: 98040
Elementary
Total Enrollment 298
Northwest Yeshiva High School
5017 90th Ave Se
ZIP: 98040
Secondary
Total Enrollment 87
St Monica School
4320 87th Ave Se
ZIP: 98040
Elementary
Total Enrollment 216
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