Novato, CA
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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 55,530 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 87.75% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Novato is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Novato who work in management occupations (14.62%), office and administrative support (12.70%), and sales jobs (12.03%).

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

Novato is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 44.06% of adults in Novato have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Novato in 2010 was $44,724, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $178,896 for a family of four. However, Novato contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Novato is a very 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 19.58% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Novato include German, English, Italian, and French .

In addition, Novato has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (19.25%).

The most common language spoken in Novato is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.