Cambria is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 5,678 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Cambria is the 500th largest community in California.
Housing costs in Cambria 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.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Cambria is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Cambria is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cambria who work in management occupations (14.37%), sales jobs (14.18%), and maintenance occupations (8.86%).
Of important note, Cambria is also a town of artists. Cambria has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Cambria’s character.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 17.86% 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.
Another notable thing is that Cambria is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Cambria’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Cambria has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Cambria a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
Cambria 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.
The citizens of Cambria are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 39.50% of adults in Cambria have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Cambria in 2018 was $43,608, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $174,432 for a family of four. However, Cambria contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Cambria is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Cambria home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cambria residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Cambria also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 28.17% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Cambria include English, German, Irish, French, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Cambria is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.