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 95.34% 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 (21.74%), sales jobs (13.85%), and business and financial occupations (9.96%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Manhattan Beach telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.35% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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", 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, Manhattan Beach is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Manhattan Beach 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, Manhattan Beach has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Manhattan Beach’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One of the nice things about Manhattan Beach 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.

If knowledge is power, Manhattan Beach is a pretty powerful place. 74.20% 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 $81,787, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $327,148 for a family of four.

Manhattan Beach is a somewhat 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 Russian.

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