Cambria, CA
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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 6,238 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Cambria is the 484th 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 sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cambria who work in sales jobs (17.44%), management occupations (14.31%), and food service (7.05%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 17.00% 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 an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Cambria has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Cambria has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Cambria than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Cambria may be for you.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Being a small town, Cambria does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The education level of Cambria ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Cambria, 40.91% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Cambria in 2018 was $43,365, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $173,460 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 20.47% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Cambria include German, English, Irish, Scottish, and European.

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


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