Hillsborough, CA
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Hillsborough is a somewhat small town located in the state of California. With a population of 11,444 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 95.85% 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 (24.90%), sales jobs (15.35%), and healthcare (12.23%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 11.39% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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". 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.

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.

One downside of living in Hillsborough is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Hillsborough, the average commute to work is 30.93 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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.

If knowledge is power, Hillsborough is a pretty powerful place. 75.71% of the adults in Hillsborough 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 Hillsborough in 2010 was $121,584, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $486,336 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, Irish, Italian, and European.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Hillsborough's cultural character, accounting for 23.80% of the town’s population.

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


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