La Quinta is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 41,535 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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, La Quinta is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. 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 (15.20%), management occupations (12.74%), and office and administrative support (11.26%).
A relatively large number of people in La Quinta telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.27% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 citizens of La Quinta are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 35.81% of adults in La Quinta have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in La Quinta in 2010 was $46,198, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $184,792 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 34.08% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in La Quinta include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of La Quinta's cultural character, accounting for 15.16% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in La Quinta is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.