Hermosa Beach, CA
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Hermosa Beach is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 19,708 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Hermosa Beach is the 315th largest community in California.

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

Hermosa Beach is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 92.66% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Hermosa Beach is a city of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hermosa Beach who work in management occupations (22.73%), sales jobs (14.84%), and business and financial occupations (9.09%).

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

Also of interest is that Hermosa Beach 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 Hermosa Beach telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.40% 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.

Hermosa Beach, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

In addition to being popular with young singles, Hermosa Beach is also home to many people who can be described as "urban sophisticates". While both of these categories describe educated professionals, urban sophisticates are quite a different demographic. Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Hermosa Beach 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

In Hermosa Beach, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.02 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

If knowledge is power, Hermosa Beach is a pretty powerful place. 73.78% of the adults in Hermosa Beach 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 Hermosa Beach in 2010 was $88,305, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $353,220 for a family of four.

Hermosa Beach is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Hermosa Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hermosa Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Hermosa Beach include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Hermosa Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.