Belvedere is a very small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 2,121 people and just one neighborhood, Belvedere is the 625th largest community in California.
Real Estate Prices
Belvedere home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Belvedere real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Belvedere is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 96.01% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Belvedere is a city of managers, professionals and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Belvedere who work in management occupations (28.67%), healthcare (14.27%) and business and financial occupations (11.13%).
Also of interest is that Belvedere 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: 17.89% 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
In addition, Belvedere is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
Belvedere 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 city’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, Belvedere’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
Belvedere is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Belvedere, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.79 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Even though Belvedere is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly a ferryboat for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.