Atherton, CA
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Atherton is a somewhat small town located in the state of California. With a population of 7,238 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 97.73% 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 (34.53%), sales jobs (14.24%), and business and financial occupations (10.18%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 13.76% 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.

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 being a small town, Atherton has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Atherton is a pretty powerful place. 79.56% of the adults in Atherton 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 Atherton in 2010 was $146,572, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $586,288 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 European.

Atherton also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 18.49%.

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