La Quinta is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 40,476 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, La Quinta is the 212th largest community in California.
Housing costs in La Quinta 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 Quinta is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.41% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, La Quinta is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in La Quinta who work in sales jobs (15.28%), management occupations (14.34%), and office and administrative support (11.36%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.65% 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 La Quinta 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.
The education level of La Quinta citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 36.41% of adults in La Quinta have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in La Quinta in 2010 was $40,664, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $162,656 for a family of four. However, La Quinta contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
La Quinta is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call La Quinta home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of La Quinta residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. La Quinta also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 33.16% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in La Quinta include English, Irish, Italian, and French .
The most common language spoken in La Quinta is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.