La Quinta is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 41,304 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 85.95% 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 (16.52%), management occupations (13.29%), and office and administrative support (11.49%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.90% 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 an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the city’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.
The education level of La Quinta citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 34.66% of adults in La Quinta have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in La Quinta in 2010 was $44,841, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $179,364 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 34.18% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in La Quinta include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Dutch.
In addition, La Quinta has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (15.31%).
The most common language spoken in La Quinta is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.