El Cerrito, CA
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El Cerrito is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 25,601 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, El Cerrito is the 287th largest community in California.

Housing costs in El Cerrito 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.

El Cerrito is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 91.92% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, El Cerrito is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in El Cerrito who work in management occupations (14.97%), teaching (10.75%), and office and administrative support (9.83%).

Of important note, El Cerrito is also a city of artists. El Cerrito has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape El Cerrito’s character.

Also of interest is that El Cerrito 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: 10.63% 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.

One downside of living in El Cerrito, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.18 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, El Cerrito 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 subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the El Cerrito area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, El Cerrito is a pretty powerful place. 61.87% of the adults in El Cerrito 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 El Cerrito in 2010 was $50,394, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $201,576 for a family of four. However, El Cerrito contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

El Cerrito is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call El Cerrito home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of El Cerrito residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. El Cerrito also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.27% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in El Cerrito include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Russian.

El Cerrito also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 28.16%.

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