Moraga, CA
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Living in Moraga


Moraga is a medium-sized town located in the state of California. With a population of 17,692 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Moraga is the 341st largest community in California.

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

Moraga is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 94.00% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Moraga is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Moraga who work in management occupations (19.84%), business and financial occupations (11.26%), and sales jobs (10.66%).

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.95% 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.

Moraga is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Moraga enrolled in college, Moraga has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Because of many things, Moraga is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Moraga a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Moraga has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Moraga’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Moraga is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Moraga, the average commute to work is 33.12 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Even though Moraga is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the subway for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

If knowledge is power, Moraga is a pretty powerful place. 74.01% of the adults in Moraga 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 Moraga in 2010 was $72,237, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $288,948 for a family of four.

Moraga is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Moraga home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Moraga residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Moraga include Irish, German, English, Italian, and European.

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