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 34,549 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 93.41% 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 (19.66%), sales jobs (8.75%), and business and financial occupations (8.63%).

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: 9.39% 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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Menlo Park is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Menlo Park, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Menlo Park. 69.69% 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 $81,562, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $326,248 for a family of four. However, Menlo Park contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 15.65% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Menlo Park include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Menlo Park's cultural character, accounting for 25.83% of the city’s population.

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