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.

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

Castro Valley is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.23% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Castro Valley is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Castro Valley who work in management occupations (13.39%), office and administrative support (13.24%), and sales jobs (9.04%).

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.

Because of many things, Castro Valley is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Castro Valley a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Castro Valley has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Castro Valley’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Castro Valley, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.60 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

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 education level of Castro Valley ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Castro Valley, 43.29% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Castro Valley in 2010 was $46,121, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $184,484 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 16.16% 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 24.71% of the town’s population.

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