Castro Valley, CA

Castro Valley profile

Living in Castro Valley

Castro Valley is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of California. With a population of 66,441 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Castro Valley is the 138th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Castro Valley 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.

Castro Valley is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.06% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Castro Valley is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Castro Valley who work in management occupations (12.11%), office and administrative support (11.93%), and business and financial occupations (9.93%).

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

Castro Valley is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Castro Valley’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Castro Valley is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Castro Valley, the average commute to work is 35.35 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Castro Valley is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Castro Valley, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The citizens of Castro Valley are among the most well-educated in the nation: 44.87% of adults in Castro Valley have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Castro Valley in 2018 was $47,924, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $191,696 for a family of four.

Castro Valley is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Castro Valley home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Castro Valley residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Castro Valley also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.04% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Castro Valley include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Portuguese.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Castro Valley's cultural character, accounting for 25.68% of the town’s population.

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