Mountain View, CA
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Living in Mountain View


Mountain View is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 83,377 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Mountain View is the 107th largest community in California.

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

Mountain View is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 92.94% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Mountain View is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mountain View who work in computer science and math (22.25%), management occupations (14.35%), and business and financial occupations (7.24%).

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

One thing that you will notice about Mountain View is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Mountain View a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

One of the nice things about Mountain View 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 Mountain View is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Mountain View, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, Mountain View is a pretty powerful place. 68.47% of the adults in Mountain View 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 Mountain View in 2010 was $73,924, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $295,696 for a family of four. However, Mountain View contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Mountain View is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Mountain View home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Mountain View residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Mountain View also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.83% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Mountain View include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Mountain View's cultural character, accounting for 41.18% of the city’s population.

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