Manhattan Beach, CA
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Manhattan Beach is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 35,818 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Manhattan Beach is the 222nd largest community in California.

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

Manhattan Beach is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 95.14% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Manhattan Beach is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Manhattan Beach who work in management occupations (22.58%), sales jobs (13.70%), and business and financial occupations (9.71%).

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

Also of interest is that Manhattan Beach 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: 10.36% 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, Manhattan Beach 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.

Manhattan Beach 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, Manhattan Beach’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Manhattan Beach 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

In Manhattan Beach, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.39 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

If knowledge is power, Manhattan Beach is a pretty powerful place. 73.55% of the adults in Manhattan Beach 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 Manhattan Beach in 2010 was $83,419, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $333,676 for a family of four.

Manhattan Beach is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Manhattan Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Manhattan Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Manhattan Beach include Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.

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