Castro Valley, CA
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Castro Valley is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of California. With a population of 64,642 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.

Unlike some towns, Castro Valley isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Castro Valley are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Castro Valley is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Castro Valley who work in office and administrative support (14.48%), management occupations (13.77%), and sales jobs (10.78%).

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.

In Castro Valley, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.72 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Castro Valley is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Castro Valley area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The population of Castro Valley is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 35.94% of adults in Castro Valley have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Castro Valley in 2010 was $38,897, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $155,588 for a family of four. However, Castro Valley contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 18.62% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Castro Valley include Irish, English, Italian, and Portuguese.

In addition, Castro Valley has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (23.31%).

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