Laguna Woods, CA
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Laguna Woods is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 16,406 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Laguna Woods is the 338th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Laguna Woods 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.

Laguna Woods is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 95.24% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Laguna Woods is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Laguna Woods who work in sales jobs (17.21%), office and administrative support (16.37%), and management occupations (9.73%).

Also of interest is that Laguna Woods 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: 11.97% 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.

The education level of Laguna Woods ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Laguna Woods, 41.13% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Laguna Woods in 2010 was $37,419, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $149,676 for a family of four. However, Laguna Woods contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Laguna Woods is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Laguna Woods home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Laguna Woods residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Laguna Woods include English, Irish, Italian, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Laguna Woods's cultural character, accounting for 25.87% of the city’s population.

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