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 94.21% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Corte Madera is a town of managers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Corte Madera who work in management occupations (16.64%), sales jobs (14.95%), and office and administrative support (13.31%).

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 9.14% 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.

Corte Madera 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, Corte Madera’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One downside of living in Corte Madera, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.78 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.

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

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Corte Madera, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Corte Madera is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 63.71% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Corte Madera in 2010 was $65,651, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $262,604 for a family of four.

Corte Madera is a very 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 Polish.

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

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