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Atherton, CA
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Atherton profile


Living in Atherton



Atherton is a somewhat small town located in the state of California. With a population of 6,898 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Atherton is the 466th 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.

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.

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 31.83% 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.

In addition, Atherton is a college town. There are a lot of students in Atherton attending college, and as a result Atherton provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

Because of many things, Atherton is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Atherton a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Atherton has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Atherton’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

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 84.58% 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 2018 was $171,823, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $687,292 for a family of four.

Atherton is an extremely 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 18.40% of the town’s population.

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