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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.63% 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.

Because of many things, Hillsborough is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Hillsborough a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Hillsborough has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local 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 have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Hillsborough. 78.59% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 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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