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 sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Los Osos who work in office and administrative support (16.43%), sales jobs (11.41%), and teaching (7.13%).

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: 8.97% 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.

Los Osos is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

The citizens of Los Osos are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 38.61% of adults in Los Osos have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Los Osos in 2010 was $34,229, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $136,916 for a family of four. However, Los Osos contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Los Osos is a somewhat 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 10.94% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Los Osos include German, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

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

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