Los Altos, CA
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Los Altos is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 30,743 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 97.41% 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 (27.18%), computer science and math (10.81%), and business and financial occupations (10.51%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.26% 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.

In addition, Los Altos is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Los Altos is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Los Altos’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Los Altos, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Los Altos is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 82.32% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Los Altos in 2010 was $98,426, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $393,704 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, German, Irish, Italian, and French.

Los Altos also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 27.12%.

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