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.

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, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Davis a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Davis is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Davis area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Davis. 73.72% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 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.