Ladera Ranch, CA
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Ladera Ranch is a medium-sized town located in the state of California. With a population of 23,742 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Ladera Ranch is the 292nd largest community in California. There's nothing like the smell of a brand new house, and in Ladera Ranch, you'll find that a large proportion of houses were recently built. New growth in residential real estate is an indication that people are choosing to move to Ladera Ranch, and putting down their money on brand new construction. Ladera Ranch’s real estate is, on average, some of the newest in the nation. Ladera Ranch does seem to be experiencing an influx of affluent people, because the median household income is $134,435.00.

Ladera Ranch home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Ladera Ranch real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Ladera Ranch is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 94.69% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ladera Ranch is a town of managers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Ladera Ranch who work in management occupations (20.96%), sales jobs (18.64%), and business and financial occupations (9.69%).

Also of interest is that Ladera Ranch has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.27% 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.

In addition, Ladera Ranch is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Ladera Ranch is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Ladera Ranch a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Ladera Ranch has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Ladera Ranch’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

One downside of living in Ladera Ranch is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Ladera Ranch, the average commute to work is 31.79 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

If knowledge is power, Ladera Ranch is a pretty powerful place. 62.28% of the adults in Ladera Ranch have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Ladera Ranch in 2010 was $50,836, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $203,344 for a family of four.

Ladera Ranch is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Ladera Ranch home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ladera Ranch residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Ladera Ranch also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.61% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Ladera Ranch include Irish, English, Italian, and Swedish.

The most common language spoken in Ladera Ranch is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.