Brentwood, CA
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Brentwood is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 58,968 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Brentwood is the 167th largest community in California. Much of the housing stock in Brentwood was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Brentwood economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Brentwood, where the median household income is $88,697.00.

Housing costs in Brentwood are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

Brentwood is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Brentwood is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Brentwood who work in office and administrative support (15.75%), sales jobs (12.40%), and management occupations (10.90%).

Also of interest is that Brentwood 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: 8.50% 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.

Because of many things, Brentwood 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, Brentwood really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Brentwood 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.

In Brentwood, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 36.45 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

The overall education level of Brentwood citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.05% of adults in Brentwood have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Brentwood in 2010 was $33,357, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $133,428 for a family of four. However, Brentwood contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Brentwood is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Brentwood home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Brentwood residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Brentwood also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 25.77% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Brentwood include German, Italian, English, and Portuguese.

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