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Mercer Island is a city in King County, in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area.
The community was named for Judge Thomas Mercer, pioneer.
The latitude of Mercer Island is 47.570N. The longitude is -122.22W.It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 338 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 22,351.
East Seattle, a community on the northwest side of the island, was established at the end of the 19th century.
Development and residents began to increase in the 1940s, when the first floating bridge connected the island to Seattle.
A city and town, both with the name Mercer Island, voted to incorporate in 1960. Ten years later, the town - which was the business district - merged with the city.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Mercer Island demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the King County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Seattle area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 98040 ZIP code.
13% of Mercer Island residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Mercer Island ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Mercer Island was $53,799, compared with $21,587 nationally.
69% of Mercer Island residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Mercer Island, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $960. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $2,511.
Libraries in Mercer Island include Mercer Island Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Mercer Island include Mercer Island Reporter
King County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Mercer Island political report.
The average commute time for Mercer Island workers is 23 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 1 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Mercer Island between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of .5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
Hotels in Mercer Island include Travelodge.
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