Indian Wells, CA
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Indian Wells is a very small city located in the state of California. With a population of 5,440 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Indian Wells is the 508th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Indian Wells are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

Indian Wells is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 94.28% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Indian Wells is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Indian Wells who work in sales jobs (21.27%), management occupations (19.16%), and healthcare (10.78%).

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

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 16.89% 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.

Another notable thing is that Indian Wells is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the city experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller city.

In addition, Indian Wells 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.

The city is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Indian Wells has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Indian Wells a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

In Indian Wells, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Indian Wells is a relatively small city. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Indian Wells is a pretty powerful place. 58.05% of the adults in Indian Wells 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 Indian Wells in 2010 was $100,613, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $402,452 for a family of four.

The people who call Indian Wells home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Indian Wells residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Indian Wells include English, German, Irish, Italian, and French.

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


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