Carmel 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 3,811 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Carmel is the 551st largest community in California.
Carmel home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Carmel real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Carmel is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.34% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Carmel is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Carmel who work in management occupations (15.82%), sales jobs (13.43%), and healthcare (11.60%).
Of important note, Carmel is also a city of artists. Carmel has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Carmel’s character.
Also of interest is that Carmel has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 20.96% 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 Carmel is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the city’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.
In addition, Carmel 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.
Carmel 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.
As is often the case in a small city, Carmel doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Carmel, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Carmel is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 66.43% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Carmel in 2018 was $66,016, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $264,064 for a family of four. However, Carmel contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Carmel is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Carmel home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Carmel residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Carmel also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.01% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Carmel include German, English, Irish, European, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Carmel is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.