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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.77% 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.

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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Menlo Park is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Menlo Park area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Menlo Park is a pretty powerful place. 69.80% of the adults in Menlo Park 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 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.

Menlo Park also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 24.59%.

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