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.

A relatively large number of people in El Cerrito telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.64% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 34.21 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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in El Cerrito is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For El Cerrito, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, El Cerrito is a pretty powerful place. 62.16% 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 2018 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.