Novato 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 55,516 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Novato is the 165th largest community in California.
Novato home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Novato real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Novato is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.78% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Novato is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Novato who work in management occupations (14.91%), sales jobs (11.51%), and office and administrative support (10.54%).
Also of interest is that Novato 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: 8.85% 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.
Novato 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.
One downside of living in Novato, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.92 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Novato use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Novato‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The citizens of Novato are among the most well-educated in the nation: 46.43% of adults in Novato have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Novato in 2018 was $54,682, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $218,728 for a family of four. However, Novato contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Novato is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Novato home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Novato residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Novato also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 18.93% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Novato include Irish, German, English, Italian, and Scottish.
In addition, Novato has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (20.03%).
The most common language spoken in Novato is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.