Indian Wells, CA
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Indian Wells is a very small city located in the state of California. With a population of 5,404 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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 16.89% 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.

In addition, Indian Wells is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

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.

Despite being a small city, Indian Wells has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Indian Wells. 58.05% 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 $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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