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.

Cambria is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 87.71% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Cambria is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Cambria who work in sales jobs (18.51%), food service (13.67%), and office and administrative support (8.62%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 13.37% 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.

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.

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

Cambria is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 45.96% of adults in Cambria have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Cambria in 2010 was $39,836, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $159,344 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 20.24% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Cambria include English, Irish, Italian, and Dutch.

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

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