La Palma is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 15,774 people and three constituent neighborhoods, La Palma is the 343rd largest community in California.
Housing costs in La Palma 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.
La Palma is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.80% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, La Palma is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in La Palma who work in office and administrative support (13.61%), management occupations (13.19%), and sales jobs (12.73%).
Also of interest is that La Palma has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In La Palma, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.00 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
Despite being a small city, La Palma 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.
The education level of La Palma ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in La Palma, 41.88% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in La Palma in 2010 was $34,615, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $138,460 for a family of four. However, La Palma contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
La Palma is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call La Palma home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of La Palma residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. La Palma also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.01% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in La Palma include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
In addition, La Palma has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (33.05%).
The most common language spoken in La Palma is English. Other important languages spoken here include Korean and Spanish.