La Quinta is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 41,748 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 85.39% 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 (15.36%), management occupations (12.94%), and office and administrative support (11.55%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.22% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 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, La Quinta’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
The population of La Quinta is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 36.20% of adults in La Quinta have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in La Quinta in 2018 was $48,186, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $192,744 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 34.67% 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 15.51% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in La Quinta is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.