El Cerrito, CA
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Living in El Cerrito


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.

El Cerrito home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but El Cerrito real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

El Cerrito is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.53% 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 (14.55%), teaching (10.15%), and sales jobs (9.03%).

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.

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.64% 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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In El Cerrito, the average commute to work is 34.21 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in El Cerrito. 62.16% 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 El Cerrito in 2010 was $52,049, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $208,196 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 10.80% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in El Cerrito include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Russian.

In addition, El Cerrito has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (29.80%).

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