El Cerrito, CA
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El Cerrito is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 25,515 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 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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.63% 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.

In El Cerrito, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.18 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

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. 61.87% 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 $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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of El Cerrito's cultural character, accounting for 28.16% of the city’s population.

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