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. L 4 .. . ,, > of lssaquah The Village Theatre at 120 forget the hard knock life. Front Street offers year long The northwest premiere live theatre. Now beginning of "'Threads" begins its fifth season, the theatre February 16 through March offers everything from 17. The play concerns a musicals to prize-winning minor North Carolina TV dramas. A summer theatre personality who loses his program offers acting job and returns to his ailing classes -- and a show for mother. the public -- for area children. "The Man of La Mancha" "My Fair Lady" plays takes the stage April 5 to through October 15 for May 12, with the ever- Eliza Doolittle-'enry 'iins stirring song "To Dream the lovers. "The Gin Game" Impossible Dream.": Last begins October 27 and runs play of the season is the through November 26. They suspense thriller "Wait Un- say if you liked"On Golden til Dark," playing May 30 Pond," you'll like this one through June 30, just when too. you really do have to wait until dark. Hang on to your Just in time for the cliffs. Christmas season, it's everyone's favorite hollow- eyed orphan, "Annie." For more information and reservations, call the theatre What do the numbers say.) Statistics on a town can never do justice to the people inhabiting it. They only take into account groups, never the individuals and the foibles individuals are prone to. But for visitors, statistics are a helpful tool for getting a feel for the majority of the people in it. They can answer questions like, what are people like in Issaquah? What do they do for a living? How much money do they make? What kind of lives do they lead? The Issaquah Press statistical profile is based on the 1980 census data, enroll- ment statistics from the Issaquah School District, compiled by demographer George Shepherd, and Anna Rabago, senior planner for the City of Issaquah. quah is a long tradition of br.anch. Themayor, current- citizen lawmakers working Iy A.I. Cu|ver, is elected on a broad range of corn- separately from the council mittees and boards to over- members, though all serve see the town's political and four-year terms of office. day-to-day business life. City Council meets twice The official side of busi-- a month, in the Community ness is conducted by a Hall, 180 Sunset Way. mayor-council form of Meetings are held first and government where the third Mondays, beginning at mayor is the town's chief 7:30 p.m. Visitors are administrative officer and welcome, and a public the seven-person council is comment session is offered Don't say maybe you'll at 392-2202 Tuesday come tomorrow -- get through Saturday, 1 to 6 dressed with a smile and p.m. Hammingit up in"Beanstalk." Heroic acts in "Bullshot Crummond.'" (:ily government draws support frora volunteers City government in Issa- its executive, or law-writing at each meeting, municipal water system and The town's 10-man force is the city has not had a major structure fire in several Most are married years. and have children The day-to-day opera- a city parks systena. Ques- under the direction of Chief tions of the city are tions about water service DagGarrison. monitoredbyawide-ranging and water bills are handled Firefighting in Issaquah is staff of city employees downstairs, just inside the the province of a three-per- Persons living outside the directed by CityAdministra- front door, andthe parks of- son paid staff, under the city limits obtain their ser- tor Leon Kos. Questions fice has its own street level direction of Chief Tony vices from a host of pro- about building in town are entrance just west of theci- Singleton, and some 50 viders, including King best addressed upstairs at ty hall front door. trained volunteer fire- County Police, Washington city hall, where permit The city's police depart- fighters and emergency aide State Patrol, King County coordinators, city planners ment is in the process of ac- persons. Due in part to a Fire District 10 and Water and city engineering offices quiring a remodeled station strong fire safety program District 82, as well as Puget arelocated, and new jail, one of the and a well-supervised busi- Power and Washington The city also operates a most modern in the state, ness inspection program, Natural Gas. Meet the professionals at Studio 185 ! Pat Wressell has Kathy Ebsary smiling with a new hair style. Receptionist Darcy Strand is waiting to make an appointment for you! :i!ii!i!  Massage therapist Marilyn Oliva soothes Cisco Carrigan's aching neck. Don May is Studio 185's. sculptured nail specialist. " Haircutting * Coloring * Tinting Therapeutic Massage * Facials Permanent Waving * Suntanning Manicures  Pedicures  Leg Waxing Makeup * Float Tank 5TIIBifl Norm Wrcssel is inviting you to try the new suntanning machine. A CUT ABOVE IN FOLLICLE FASHION 185 front street north issaquah, wa. 98027 (206) 455-9214 Chris Bowman and Cisco Carrigan are hair stylists beyond compare. There is no shortage of either men or women in Issaquah -- the mix is almost exactly 50-50. Chances are, typical Issaquanians are between 30 and 44 years old, white, married and have children. They have an even chance of being Washington natives or of moving here from another state. They probably live in a three-bedroom, There is a greater percentage of those two-bathroom house, cook on an electric over 60 in the city than in the outlying range, and don t have air conditioning, area. Nearly 12 percent of the population They are probably employed as a of Issaquah is over 60. Only 4.9 percent private wage or salary earner and are are over 60 in the area around Issaquah. white collar workers. This is probably due to the senior citizen They have completed at least four housing, such as Hutchison House, years of high school and their earnings located in the city limits. put the family well above the poverty level. Median age, 31.8 According to the census data, 9,943, or 50.2 percent of the Issaquah Plateau division population is male. There are 9,850 females, or 49.7 percent. The median age in Issaquah is 31.8 years. The largest age group is from 30 to 44 years old; 27.percent male, 27.6 percent female. The second largest age group is the 6 to 13 year olds. These are probably the children of the first group. The percentages stay close, men's slightly higher than women's, until the population ages. In the 60 to 64 group, 2.7 percent are men, while women make up 3.3 percent. In the 65 and over group, only 5.1 percent are men; 8 percent are women. Sorry guys, but women do live longer. More older people live in the city limits Diplomas.. college.'19. % high school.'73 % Of the 19,793 people in the Issaquah area, 19,361 (97.8 percent) are white. The next most populous group is Japanese, which makes up only .56 of the population. Among those 15 and older, about 65 percent of men and women are married. About a fourth of the men, 26.4 percent, and 19.3 percent of the women are single. In the 5,314 families, 58 percent have children, 42 percent don't. Ninety percent of families consist of a married couple. Only 8.9 percent have a female householder with children and no husband. The average family (52 percent) is in the upper middle class range, making from $25,000 to $40,000 a year, and has 3.7 people. It consists of a married couple and children. Of the people over 25 living in the greater Issaquah area, 73.3 percent are high school graduates and 19.3 percent have a college degree. According to the census data, there are 7,011 year-round housing units; 6,691 are occupied, 320 are vacant. You can deduce the type of winters we get out here -- out of 7,011 homes, 6,670 have no air conditioning units. Most of the homes (59 percent) have a central warm air heating system. None of the homes Most families earn between $25,000 and $40,000 a year are without some kind of heating Built- in electric heating is in 23 percent of the units, and fireplaces or wood stoves are used for heat in 7 percent. Most who work are managers and professionals There are 14,570 people over 16, eligible to be in the work force. Of these, 7,255 are men, 7,315 are women. Of these, 1,195 men (16 percent) choose not to be in the labor force. That is, they either work at home or are retired. Among women, 3,396, or 46.4 percent are not in the labor force. In the work force, 96 percent of both men and women are employed; 3.6 Less than 2% make non-durable goods percent are unemployed. Of the 9,604 people working, 76.6 percent work for private business. Federal, state and local government workers make up 15 percent. A combination of 35.9 percent of the people working are in some sort of managerial or .professional specialty. Broken down by industry, 17 percent are employed in the manufacture of durable goods (items made and bought to last), 14.4 percent of the work force is in retail trade, 9.7 percent is in educational services and 8 percent is in construction. Between 6 and 7 perecent work in wholesale trade, business, repair services and health services, and finance, insurance and real estate. Between 3 and 6 percent work in transportation, communication, utilities, personal, enter- tainment and recreatonal services, public administration and other professional and related services. Hardly anybody fishes for a living Less than 2 percent of the labor force works in agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining and the manufacture of non- durable goods (those that are used and might be bought again). Years ago, Issaquah was quite famous for its logging and coal mining. The fact that so few work in mining and. forestry indicates how much Issaquah has changed. --Statistics compiled by Debbie L. gomano Relatively few are in the entertainment business