Earning a living in Snohomish County

  • Fri Mar 7th, 2014 6:55pm
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Reported by Chuck Taylor / Herald Writer

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates there were 351,535 working people in 2012 who called Snohomish County home. That’s about half the population. More than 35 percent of them earned their living in another county — no surprise given the number of folks who reside in north Seattle suburbs. So commute times are greater than the state or national averages. We also have a proportionately bigger middle class than most places, due in large part to numerous aerospace engineers and highly skilled blue-collar workers. Here’s a look at Snohomish County’s diverse working class.

Commuting in 2012

One-way travel time to work. Among Snohomish County workers, 30-34 minutes is most prevalent. Statewide, it’s 15-19 minutes.

Snohomish CountyWashingtonU.S.
Worked in county of residence64.3%81.2%72.5%
Worked outside county of residence35.7%18.8%27.5%
Less than 10 minutes9.1%12.5%13.1%
10 to 14 minutes10.8%13.2%13.8%
15 to 19 minutes12.8%14.9%14.9%
20 to 24 minutes13.0%14.0%14.1%
25 to 29 minutes6.0%6.1%5.8%
30 to 34 minutes14.4%12.9%13.0%
35 to 39 minutes3.3%2.8%2.6%
40 to 44 minutes4.8%3.7%3.5%
45 to 59 minutes10.4%7.1%7.2%
60 or more minutes10.5%7.4%7.7%

Employment by industry in 2012

Snohomish CountyWashington
Education, health care and social assistance18.9%21.3%
Retail trade12.3%11.6%
Professional, scientific, management, administrative and waste management10.6%12.0%
Arts, entertainment, recreation, accomodation and food8.2%8.8%
Finance and insurance; real estate6.3%5.8%
Other services, except public administration4.9%4.8%
Transportation, warehousing and utilities4.4%5.2%
Public administration4.2%5.5%
Wholesale trade2.6%3.0%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting; mining0.8%2.6%

Household incomes in 2012

Snohomish CountyWashingtonU.S.
Less than $10,0004.5%6.1%7.2%
$10,000 to $14,9993.2%4.3%5.4%
$15,000 to $24,9997.2%9.0%10.7%
$25,000 to $34,9997.8%9.5%10.4%
$35,000 to $49,99912.8%13.4%13.7%
$50,000 to $74,99919.2%19.0%18.2%
$75,000 to $99,99915.8%13.6%12.2%
$100,000 to $149,99918.7%14.9%12.8%
$150,000 to $199,9996.6%5.5%4.8%
$200,000 or more4.2%4.7%4.6%
SOURCES: U.S. Census, U.S. Department of Commerce via Headwaters Economics