Corte Madera, CA
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Corte Madera is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 9,901 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Corte Madera is the 422nd largest community in California.

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

Corte Madera is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 94.95% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Corte Madera is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Corte Madera who work in management occupations (18.32%), sales jobs (13.69%), and business and financial occupations (10.43%).

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

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

A relatively large number of people in Corte Madera telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.59% 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.

In addition, Corte Madera is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Because of many things, Corte Madera is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Corte Madera really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Corte Madera perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

Corte Madera 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.

In Corte Madera, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.63 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.

Even though Corte Madera is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Corte Madera. 66.44% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Corte Madera in 2010 was $64,762, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $259,048 for a family of four.

Corte Madera is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Corte Madera home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Corte Madera residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Corte Madera include Irish, English, Italian, and Swedish.

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

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