Mercer Island is located on an island of the same name in the southern portion of Lake Washington. It is the most populated island in a lake within the United States. Mercer Island is in the Seattle metropolitan area, with Seattle to its west and Bellevue to its east. The population is estimated at 25,894.
Mercer Island is an excellent place to live with a large variety of amenities and access to two large cities on either side. The cost of living is high, but the quality of living is high as well and this is why many people live on Mercer Island and commute into Seattle or Bellevue. Mercer Island has the fifth highest per-capita income in the state of Washington and is one of the 100 richest ZIP codes in the USA according to the IRS. Mercer Island is Washington state’s most expensive housing market.
Mercer Island is bisected by Interstate 90, which connects the city to Seattle in the west and Bellevue in the east. A significant section of the freeway is recessed below street level and covered by the Mercer Island Lid, which includes several parks.
Luther Burbank Park has a public boat dock and fishing pier, a swimming beach, an amphitheater, tennis courts, barbecues, and picnic facilities, and an off-leash dog area. The Mercer Island Farmers Market operates most Sundays between June and October. A special version of the market called the Harvest Market occurs on a Sunday in November. The market contains local produce including fruit, vegetables, and some crafts.