Atherton, CA
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Atherton is a somewhat small town located in the state of California. With a population of 7,167 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Atherton is the 469th largest community in California.

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

Atherton is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 97.45% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Atherton is a town of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Atherton who work in management occupations (34.81%), sales jobs (12.36%), and business and financial occupations (11.05%).

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

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

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 12.50% 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.

Atherton is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Atherton’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Despite the fact that it is a small town, Atherton has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the train - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the town for affordable transportation.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Atherton, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Atherton is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 83.34% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Atherton in 2010 was $144,197, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $576,788 for a family of four.

Atherton is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Atherton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Atherton residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Atherton include English, Irish, Italian, and European.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Atherton's cultural character, accounting for 16.38% of the town’s population.

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