Moraga, CA
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Moraga is a medium-sized town located in the state of California. With a population of 17,630 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 95.27% 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 (20.76%), business and financial occupations (9.98%), and sales jobs (9.59%).

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

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: 9.66% 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 very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Moraga really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Moraga perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

In Moraga, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.47 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Despite being a small town, Moraga has a lot of people using the subway to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the subway are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Moraga is a pretty powerful place. 74.19% 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 $65,320, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $261,280 for a family of four.

Moraga is an extremely 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.