Davis, CA
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Davis is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 67,666 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 93.95% 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 service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Davis who work in teaching (18.78%), management occupations (10.03%), and the sciences (8.83%).

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.

Davis is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Davis have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Davis’s economy is one such example of this.

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. 70.95% 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 2010 was $33,646, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $134,584 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 13.49% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Davis include Irish, English, Italian, and European.

In addition, Davis has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.83%).

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