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 89.94% 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 service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Dana Point who work in management occupations (17.88%), sales jobs (14.91%), and office and administrative support (9.32%).

A relatively large number of people in Dana Point telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.55% 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.

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 citizens of Dana Point are among the most well-educated in the nation: 47.63% of adults in Dana Point have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Dana Point in 2010 was $53,247, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $212,988 for a family of four. However, Dana Point contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Dana Point is a very 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 16.74% 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.