Larkspur, CA
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Living in Larkspur


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 12,396 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 92.71% 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 (18.60%), sales jobs (11.23%), and business and financial occupations (9.87%).

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.

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.65% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

One downside of living in Larkspur is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Larkspur, the average commute to work is 30.27 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Larkspur. 67.47% 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 Larkspur in 2010 was $74,526, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $298,104 for a family of four.

Larkspur is a very 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, English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

In addition, Larkspur has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.19%).

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