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 great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Los Altos a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Los Altos has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Los Altos’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

If knowledge is power, Los Altos is a pretty powerful place. 79.96% of the adults in Los Altos 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 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.

Los Altos also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 24.08%.

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