Menlo Park, CA
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Menlo Park 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 33,449 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Menlo Park is the 236th largest community in California.

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

Menlo Park is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 93.03% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Menlo Park is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Menlo Park who work in management occupations (17.90%), business and financial occupations (9.28%), and sales jobs (9.27%).

Also of interest is that Menlo Park has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

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

A relatively large number of people in Menlo Park telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.77% 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.

One of the nice things about Menlo Park 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Menlo Park use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Menlo Park‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Menlo Park, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Menlo Park is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 69.80% 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 Menlo Park in 2010 was $71,981, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $287,924 for a family of four.

Menlo Park is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Menlo Park home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Menlo Park residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Menlo Park also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.47% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Menlo Park include English, Irish, Italian, and European.

In addition, Menlo Park has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (24.59%).

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