Acton, CA
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Acton is a somewhat small town located in the state of California. With a population of 7,819 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Acton is the 451st largest community in California.

Housing costs in Acton are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

Acton is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Acton is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Acton who work in management occupations (14.43%), sales jobs (12.23%), and office and administrative support (11.87%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 11.60% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because of many things, Acton is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Acton really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Acton perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Acton has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Acton a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

One downside of living in Acton, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 42.82 minutes every day commuting to work.

In terms of college education, Acton is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 27.78% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Acton in 2010 was $39,131, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $156,524 for a family of four.

Acton is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Acton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Acton residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Acton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.88% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Acton include Irish, English, Italian, and Dutch.

The most common language spoken in Acton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Mon-Khmer (Cambodian).

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