Mountain View, CA
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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 81,438 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 93.47% 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 (21.52%), management occupations (14.60%), and sales jobs (6.98%).

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Mountain View is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Mountain View area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Mountain View. 67.20% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Mountain View in 2010 was $67,042, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $268,168 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 18.22% 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 (40.87%).

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