Aptos, CA
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Aptos is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 6,412 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Aptos is the 481st largest community in California.

Aptos home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Aptos real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Aptos is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.34% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Aptos is a town of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Aptos who work in management occupations (15.14%), sales jobs (14.54%), and business and financial occupations (9.99%).

Of important note, Aptos is also a town of artists. Aptos has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Aptos’s character.

Also of interest is that Aptos has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.11% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

Aptos is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

If knowledge is power, Aptos is a pretty powerful place. 51.14% of the adults in Aptos have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Aptos in 2010 was $39,214, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $156,856 for a family of four. However, Aptos contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Aptos is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Aptos home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Aptos residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Aptos also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.57% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Aptos include English, German, European, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Aptos is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Hebrew.