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 23,190 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 94.96% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Laguna Beach is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Laguna Beach who work in management occupations (20.65%), sales jobs (16.34%), and business and financial occupations (9.29%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 15.49% 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.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Laguna Beach. 66.48% 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 $80,303, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $321,212 for a family of four.

Laguna Beach is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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 German, Irish, Italian, and French .

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