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Lake Forest, CA
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Lake Forest profile

Living in Lake Forest

Lake Forest is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 85,638 people and 14 associated neighborhoods, Lake Forest is the 97th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Lake Forest 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.

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

A relatively large number of people in Lake Forest telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 18.63% 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.

The citizens of Lake Forest are among the most well-educated in the nation: 48.72% of adults in Lake Forest have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Lake Forest in 2022 was $56,627, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $226,508 for a family of four. However, Lake Forest contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Lake Forest is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Lake Forest home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lake Forest residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Lake Forest also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 23.45% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lake Forest include German, English, Irish, Italian, and French.

In addition, Lake Forest has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (26.82%).

The most common language spoken in Lake Forest is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.