Indian Wells, CA
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Indian Wells is a very small city located in the state of California. With a population of 5,289 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 92.95% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Indian Wells is a city of managers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Indian Wells who work in sales jobs (19.90%), management occupations (19.77%), and healthcare (8.35%).

Also of interest is that Indian Wells 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: 11.60% 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.

Another notable thing is that Indian Wells is a major vacation destination. Much of the city’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Indian Wells’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Indian Wells has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Indian Wells has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Indian Wells than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Indian Wells may be for you.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Indian Wells. 52.66% 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 Indian Wells in 2010 was $81,359, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $325,436 for a family of four. However, Indian Wells contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 Irish, German, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Indian Wells is English. Other important languages spoken here include Japanese and Pacific Island languages.

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