Descanso is a very small town located in the state of California. With a population of 1,499 people and just one neighborhood, Descanso is the 701st largest community in California.
Housing costs in Descanso 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.
Descanso is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Descanso is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Descanso who work in sales jobs (17.71%), management occupations (10.91%), and teaching (10.13%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 11.06% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Descanso is worth considering.
One downside of living in Descanso, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.98 minutes every day commuting to work.
As is often the case in a small town, Descanso doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The education level of Descanso citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 21.37% of adults in Descanso have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Descanso in 2018 was $50,422, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $201,688 for a family of four.
Descanso is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Descanso home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Descanso residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Descanso also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.97% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Descanso include German, English, European, Dutch, and Irish.
The most common language spoken in Descanso is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Thai.
The way a neighborhood looks and feels when you walk or drive around it, from its setting, its buildings, and its flavor, can make all the difference. This neighborhood has some really cool things about the way it looks and feels as revealed by NeighborhoodScout's exclusive research. This might include anything from the housing stock to the types of households living here to how people get around.
Uncrowded roads, rural America and space to be the individual you are. If you like these characteristics, this neighborhood may fit you. With just 44 residents per square mile, is less crowded than 90.2% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
Did you know that the neighborhood has more Dutch and Native American ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 6.5% of this neighborhood's residents have Dutch ancestry and 5.0% have Native American ancestry.
How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low income is very formative with regard to the personality and character of a neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children, who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities, the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty, which indicates other social issues. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.
The neighbors in the neighborhood in Descanso are upper-middle income, making it an above average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has a higher income than 67.9% of the neighborhoods in America. With 13.4% of the children here below the federal poverty line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 56.1% of U.S. neighborhoods.
The old saying "you are what you eat" is true. But it is also true that you are what you do for a living. The types of occupations your neighbors have shape their character, and together as a group, their collective occupations shape the culture of a place.
In the neighborhood, 36.0% of the working population is employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is executive, management, and professional occupations, with 32.3% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations (21.7%), and 7.3% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.
The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 92.6% of households. Some people also speak Spanish (5.1%).
Boston's Beacon Hill blue-blood streets, Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish enclaves, Los Angeles' Persian neighborhoods. Each has its own culture derived primarily from the ancestries and culture of the residents who call these neighborhoods home. Likewise, each neighborhood in America has its own culture – some more unique than others – based on lifestyle, occupations, the types of households – and importantly – on the ethnicities and ancestries of the people who live in the neighborhood. Understanding where people came from, who their grandparents or great-grandparents were, can help you understand how a neighborhood is today.
In the neighborhood in Descanso, CA, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as German (24.1%). There are also a number of people of Mexican ancestry (12.8%), and residents who report English roots (9.1%), and some of the residents are also of Dutch ancestry (6.5%), along with some Native American ancestry residents (5.0%), among others.
Even if your neighborhood is walkable, you may still have to drive to your place of work. Some neighborhoods are located where many can get to work in just a few minutes, while others are located such that most residents have a long and arduous commute. The greatest number of commuters in neighborhood spend between 30 and 45 minutes commuting one-way to work (35.8% of working residents), which is at or a bit above the average length of a commute across all U.S. neighborhoods.
Here most residents (72.3%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors to get to work (11.3%) . In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.