Davis is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 69,413 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, Davis is the 122nd 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 91.40% 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 (18.63%), management occupations (10.06%), and food service (7.89%).
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.
A relatively large number of people in Davis telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.13% 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, 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 very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Davis is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Davis a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Davis is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Davis, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
If knowledge is power, Davis is a pretty powerful place. 73.85% 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 $38,997, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $155,988 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 13.61% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Davis include European, German, English, Irish, and Italian.
In addition, Davis has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (21.04%).
The most common language spoken in Davis is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.