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 noticeable about Mountain View, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Mountain View is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Mountain View a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

Mountain View 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Mountain View use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Mountain View‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

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 2018 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.

In addition, Mountain View has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (41.18%).

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