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". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
Because of many things, Belvedere 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, Belvedere really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Belvedere 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.
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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
One downside of living in Belvedere is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Belvedere, the average commute to work is 35.79 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
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.