A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$956,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,793
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    28%
  • Own
    72%

Mercer Island Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    4
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    8
    41
  • Robbery
    12
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    411
    500
  • Theft
    1,626
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    43
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$129,348
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    37%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    41%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    15%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    5%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%
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Mercer Island Reviews

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Mercer Island is very safe and has great schools. There are great views from the local park and there are many other parks with good walking trails. It's convenient to both Bellevue and Seattle. However, the price of housing is very high and there is not much diversity. There are also surprisingly few good restaurants considering the income level here. Town pretty much closes down at 9 pm.
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This is a very safe community, and the complicated network of little streets keeps it that way. However, many roads have no sidewalks, even though that's changing for the better! Also, many streets lack proper lighting. This creates the potential for life-threatening situations, especially at night and with reduced visibility.
Mercer Island is a really great place for families and fun!! The neighborhoods are safe and there are plenty of dog friendly parks. There is a park and ride to the north so you can drive, park your car there, and then hop on the bus to go to downtown seattle or bellevue without worrying about parking. The public schools are also top notch!! Your kids will be getting the best education with great teachers! Of course there is a price to pay for all of these great things, which is the cost of housing, a lot higher than regular housing in a suburban area.