Del Mar is a very small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 4,311 people and just one neighborhood, Del Mar is the 534th largest community in California.
Real Estate Prices
Del Mar home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Del Mar real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Del Mar is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 94.49% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Del Mar is a city of professionals, sales and office workers and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Del Mar who work in management occupations (20.44%), sales jobs (20.36%) and healthcare (13.68%).
Also of interest is that Del Mar has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 22.32% 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
In addition, Del Mar is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
Del Mar is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.