Half Moon Bay, CA
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Half Moon Bay 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 12,932 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Half Moon Bay is the 395th largest community in California.

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

Half Moon Bay is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.85% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Half Moon Bay is a city of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Half Moon Bay who work in management occupations (17.14%), sales jobs (13.96%), and office and administrative support (8.55%).

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

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

One of the nice things about Half Moon Bay 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 Half Moon Bay, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.43 minutes every day commuting to work.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Half Moon Bay. 50.26% 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 Half Moon Bay in 2018 was $70,033, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $280,132 for a family of four.

Half Moon Bay is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Half Moon Bay home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Half Moon Bay residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Half Moon Bay also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 30.08% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Half Moon Bay include Irish, German, English, Italian, and Portuguese.

In addition, Half Moon Bay has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (24.33%).

The most common language spoken in Half Moon Bay is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.


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