Los Altos, CA
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Los Altos is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 30,671 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Los Altos is the 251st largest community in California.

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

Los Altos is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 96.90% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Los Altos is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Los Altos who work in management occupations (26.10%), computer science and math (9.91%), and sales jobs (9.41%).

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.00% 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.

In addition, Los Altos is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Because of many things, Los Altos is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Los Altos really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Los Altos perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Los Altos. 79.96% 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 Los Altos in 2010 was $90,377, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $361,508 for a family of four.

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

Foreign born people are also an important part of Los Altos's cultural character, accounting for 24.08% of the city’s population.

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