Dana Point, CA
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Dana Point is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 34,181 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Dana Point is the 231st largest community in California.

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

Dana Point is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.52% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Dana Point is a city of managers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Dana Point who work in management occupations (17.93%), sales jobs (15.03%), and office and administrative support (9.06%).

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

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

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.81% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

Dana Point 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.

The education level of Dana Point ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Dana Point, 48.41% 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 Dana Point in 2010 was $51,474, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $205,896 for a family of four. However, Dana Point contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Dana Point is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Dana Point home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Dana Point residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Dana Point also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.73% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Dana Point include English, Irish, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Dana Point is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.