Davis, CA
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Davis is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 68,986 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 93.70% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Davis is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Davis who work in teaching (18.84%), management occupations (10.39%), and office and administrative support (8.20%).

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.

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.

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.

Because Davis has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Davis lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Davis is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Davis people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

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.

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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Davis, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Davis is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 73.72% 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 Davis in 2010 was $37,232, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $148,928 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 14.19% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Davis include German, English, Irish, European, and Italian.

In addition, Davis has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (19.59%).

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