Hillsborough, CA
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Hillsborough is a somewhat small town located in the state of California. With a population of 11,451 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Hillsborough is the 403rd largest community in California.

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

Hillsborough is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 95.59% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Hillsborough is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hillsborough who work in management occupations (27.14%), healthcare (11.35%), and sales jobs (10.55%).

Also of interest is that Hillsborough has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.63% 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.

In addition, Hillsborough is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Hillsborough is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Hillsborough’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Even though Hillsborough is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the subway for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Hillsborough, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Hillsborough is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 78.59% 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 Hillsborough in 2010 was $121,567, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $486,268 for a family of four.

Hillsborough is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Hillsborough home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hillsborough residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Hillsborough include German, English, Italian, and European.

In addition, Hillsborough has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (21.49%).

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

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