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 35,532 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 94.62% 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 (23.06%), sales jobs (12.59%), and business and financial occupations (8.33%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.20% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

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

One downside of living in Manhattan Beach, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.86 minutes every day commuting to work.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Manhattan Beach, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Manhattan Beach is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 74.88% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Manhattan Beach in 2010 was $89,867, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $359,468 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.

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