Atascadero is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 29,819 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Atascadero is the 254th largest community in California.
Housing costs in Atascadero 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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Atascadero is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Atascadero is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Atascadero who work in office and administrative support (12.48%), management occupations (10.49%), and healthcare (10.26%).
Also of interest is that Atascadero 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: 7.57% 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.
The percentage of people in Atascadero who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 28.23% of adults in Atascadero have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Atascadero in 2010 was $32,602, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $130,408 for a family of four. However, Atascadero contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Atascadero home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Atascadero residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Atascadero also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.80% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Atascadero include English, Irish, Italian, and French .
The most common language spoken in Atascadero is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.