Carpinteria, CA
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Carpinteria is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 13,727 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Carpinteria is the 376th largest community in California.

Carpinteria home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Carpinteria real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Unlike some cities, Carpinteria isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Carpinteria are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Carpinteria is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Carpinteria who work in office and administrative support (15.24%), sales jobs (9.12%), and management occupations (8.54%).

Of important note, Carpinteria is also a city of artists. Carpinteria has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Carpinteria’s character.

Also of interest is that Carpinteria has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Carpinteria telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.01% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

Carpinteria 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.

The education level of Carpinteria citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.91% of adults in Carpinteria have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Carpinteria in 2010 was $35,184, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $140,736 for a family of four. However, Carpinteria contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Carpinteria is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Carpinteria home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Carpinteria residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Carpinteria also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 43.82% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Carpinteria include English, German, Italian, and Swedish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Carpinteria's cultural character, accounting for 25.31% of the city’s population.

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

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