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 12,657 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 86.60% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Half Moon Bay is a city of professionals, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Half Moon Bay who work in management occupations (15.61%), office and administrative support (10.81%), and sales jobs (7.22%).
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.
In addition, Half Moon Bay is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
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.
The education level of Half Moon Bay ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Half Moon Bay, 47.32% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Half Moon Bay in 2010 was $54,270, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $217,080 for a family of four.
Half Moon Bay is a very 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 30.59% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Half Moon Bay include English, Italian, Irish, and Portuguese.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Half Moon Bay's cultural character, accounting for 24.38% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Half Moon Bay is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.