Atherton, CA
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Atherton is a somewhat small town located in the state of California. With a population of 7,187 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 97.34% 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 (26.75%), sales jobs (14.65%), and business and financial occupations (12.38%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Atherton telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 13.59% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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, Atherton 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, Atherton really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Atherton 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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Atherton. 79.99% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Atherton in 2010 was $166,017, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $664,068 for a family of four.

Atherton is a very 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 German, English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Atherton's cultural character, accounting for 20.75% of the town’s population.

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