Larkspur, CA
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Larkspur is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 12,417 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Larkspur is the 389th largest community in California.

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

Larkspur is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 92.68% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Larkspur is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Larkspur who work in management occupations (14.46%), sales jobs (13.74%), and business and financial occupations (9.82%).

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

Also of interest is that Larkspur 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: 9.80% 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.

One of the nice things about Larkspur is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

Even though Larkspur is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly a ferryboat for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

If knowledge is power, Larkspur is a pretty powerful place. 61.43% of the adults in Larkspur have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Larkspur in 2010 was $65,707, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $262,828 for a family of four.

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

Larkspur also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 21.09%.

The most common language spoken in Larkspur is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Russian.