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Half Moon Bay, CA
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Half Moon Bay profile


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 11,176 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.

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 15.26% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

One downside of living in Half Moon Bay, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.05 minutes every day commuting to work.

Half Moon Bay is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

If knowledge is power, Half Moon Bay is a pretty powerful place. 50.40% of the adults in Half Moon Bay have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Half Moon Bay in 2018 was $67,975, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $271,900 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 31.86% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Half Moon Bay include Irish, English, German, Italian, and French.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Half Moon Bay's cultural character, accounting for 24.83% of the city’s population.

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