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Lake Forest, CA
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Living in Lake Forest


Lake Forest is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 85,858 people and 14 constituent 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.

Lake Forest is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.17% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Lake Forest is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lake Forest who work in management occupations (17.33%), sales jobs (12.28%), and office and administrative support (9.81%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.35% 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 citizens of Lake Forest are among the most well-educated in the nation: 49.19% 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 2018 was $48,474, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $193,896 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 23.17% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lake Forest include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

Lake Forest also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 24.73%.

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