Morro Bay, CA
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Morro Bay is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 10,639 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Morro Bay is the 413th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Morro Bay are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

Morro Bay is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.57% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Morro Bay is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Morro Bay who work in office and administrative support (14.59%), management occupations (11.69%), and sales jobs (9.74%).

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

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

A relatively large number of people in Morro Bay telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.85% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

Morro Bay 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

The citizens of Morro Bay are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 36.80% of adults in Morro Bay have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Morro Bay in 2010 was $32,628, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $130,512 for a family of four. However, Morro Bay contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Morro Bay is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Morro Bay home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Morro Bay residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Morro Bay also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.64% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Morro Bay include English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Morro Bay is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.

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