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 34,357 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 94.16% 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 (18.03%), teaching (8.80%), and sales jobs (8.64%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.49% 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.

Menlo Park 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various 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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Menlo Park. 70.63% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Menlo Park in 2010 was $74,162, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $296,648 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 15.81% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Menlo Park include German, English, Irish, Italian, and European.

In addition, Menlo Park has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (24.10%).

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