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 85.74% 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 (15.67%), office and administrative support (9.83%), and sales jobs (9.42%).
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.
The citizens of Half Moon Bay are among the most well-educated in the nation: 46.67% of adults in Half Moon Bay have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Half Moon Bay in 2010 was $56,194, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $224,776 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 31.54% 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 26.91% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Half Moon Bay is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.