Davis is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 66,850 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Davis is the 136th largest community in California.
Housing costs in Davis are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.
Davis is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 91.80% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Davis is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Davis who work in teaching (18.57%), management occupations (9.14%), and food service (8.36%).
And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Davis has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.
Also of interest is that Davis has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Of important note, Davis is also a city of artists. Davis has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Davis’s character.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 12.34% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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, Davis is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Davis culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Davis really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Davis every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Davis. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Davis benefits directly from this.
Not only is Davis a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Davis use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Davis‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
If knowledge is power, Davis is a pretty powerful place. 74.63% of the adults in Davis have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Davis in 2018 was $41,271, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $165,084 for a family of four. However, Davis contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Davis is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Davis home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Davis residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Davis also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.13% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Davis include European, German, English, Irish, and Italian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Davis's cultural character, accounting for 20.82% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Davis is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.