Laguna Beach, CA
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Laguna Beach is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 23,365 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Laguna Beach is the 293rd largest community in California.

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

Laguna Beach is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 94.14% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Laguna Beach is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Laguna Beach who work in management occupations (19.71%), sales jobs (18.88%), and office and administrative support (9.15%).

Of important note, Laguna Beach is also a city of artists. Laguna Beach has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Laguna Beach’s character.

A relatively large number of people in Laguna Beach telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 13.66% 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.

Laguna Beach is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Laguna Beach. 64.30% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Laguna Beach in 2010 was $79,340, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $317,360 for a family of four.

The people who call Laguna Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Laguna Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Laguna Beach include English, Irish, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Laguna Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.