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Half Moon Bay, CA
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Living in Half Moon Bay


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 11,795 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Half Moon Bay is the 396th 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 86.77% 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 (21.08%), sales jobs (10.32%), and office and administrative support (8.93%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Half Moon Bay telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 13.24% 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.

Half Moon Bay is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

In Half Moon Bay, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.34 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Half Moon Bay, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Half Moon Bay is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 53.34% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Half Moon Bay in 2018 was $70,090, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $280,360 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 28.24% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Half Moon Bay include Irish, English, German, Italian, and French.

In addition, Half Moon Bay has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (22.32%).

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