Ferndale is a very small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 1,364 people and just one neighborhood, Ferndale is the 679th largest community in California. Much of the housing stock in Ferndale was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Real Estate Prices
Housing costs in Ferndale 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.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some cities, Ferndale isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Ferndale are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ferndale is a city of sales and office workers, service providers and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ferndale who work in management occupations (16.57%), office and administrative support (14.70%) and food service (12.54%).
Of important note, Ferndale is also a city of artists. Ferndale has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Ferndale’s character.
A relatively large number of people in Ferndale telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.56% 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
One of the nice things about Ferndale 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.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.53 minutes getting to work every day.
As is often the case in a small city, Ferndale doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.