Los Osos, CA
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Los Osos is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 14,762 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Los Osos is the 358th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Los Osos are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

Unlike some towns, Los Osos isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Los Osos are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Los Osos is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Los Osos who work in office and administrative support (14.38%), sales jobs (12.29%), and teaching (7.28%).

Of important note, Los Osos is also a town of artists. Los Osos has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Los Osos’s character.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.57% 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.

Because of many things, Los Osos 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 Osos really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Los Osos 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.

One of the nice things about Los Osos 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.

The population of Los Osos is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 38.79% of adults in Los Osos have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Los Osos in 2010 was $35,376, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $141,504 for a family of four. However, Los Osos contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Los Osos is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Los Osos home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Los Osos residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Los Osos also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.28% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Los Osos include German, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

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

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