Los Altos Hills, CA
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Los Altos Hills is a somewhat small town located in the state of California. With a population of 8,419 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Los Altos Hills is the 441st largest community in California.

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

Los Altos Hills is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 95.98% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Los Altos Hills is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Los Altos Hills who work in management occupations (27.47%), healthcare (11.49%), and business and financial occupations (10.31%).

Also of interest is that Los Altos Hills 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: 11.88% 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 Hills is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Los Altos Hills 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 town’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 Hills’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Los Altos Hills. 82.82% 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 Hills in 2010 was $123,127, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $492,508 for a family of four.

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

Foreign born people are also an important part of Los Altos Hills's cultural character, accounting for 33.87% of the town’s population.

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

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