Emeryville, CA
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Emeryville is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 12,104 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Emeryville is the 416th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Emeryville 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.

Emeryville is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 96.08% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Emeryville is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Emeryville who work in management occupations (15.25%), business and financial occupations (10.42%), and computer science and math (9.91%).

Also of interest is that Emeryville has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

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

Emeryville, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

One of the nice things about Emeryville is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Emeryville is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Emeryville, the average commute to work is 31.89 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.

In Emeryville, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Emeryville is a relatively small city. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Emeryville is a pretty powerful place. 69.48% of the adults in Emeryville 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 Emeryville in 2010 was $62,873, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $251,492 for a family of four. However, Emeryville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Emeryville is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Emeryville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Emeryville residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Emeryville include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Emeryville's cultural character, accounting for 30.75% of the city’s population.

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