Occidental, CA

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Occidental Profile


Overview

Occidental is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 1,151 people and just one neighborhood, Occidental is the 701st largest community in California. Occidental has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.

Housing costs in Occidental are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

Occupations and Workforce

Occidental is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 98.14% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Occidental is a town of professionals, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Occidental who work in management occupations (13.92%), personal care services (12.99%), and healthcare (11.83%).

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

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Occidental has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

A relatively large number of people in Occidental telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 38.44% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

Setting & Lifestyle

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Occidental has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Occidental has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Occidental than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Occidental may be for you.

Occidental 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 Occidental is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Occidental, the average commute to work is 33.11 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

Being a small town, Occidental does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

Occidental Demographics

Occidental is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.56% of adults in Occidental 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 Occidental in 2018 was $76,890, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $307,560 for a family of four.

Occidental is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Occidental home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Occidental residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Occidental include Irish, English, German, Italian, and British.

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


Neighborhood Real Estate Data

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   National Agriculture Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Federal Housing Finance Agency, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Bureau of the Census, U.S. Geological Service, American Community Survey.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q4 2020. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2019 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

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Housing Market Details

 

AGE OF Occidental, CA HOMES

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Neighborhood Demographics Data

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey, U.S. Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Education, 50 state departments of education, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 18,000+ local law enforcement agencies, Federal Housing Finance Agency, U.S. Geological Service, National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   2019 (latest available). Updated annually. Please note: Unemployment data updated February 2021.

Methodology:   Unlike standardly available Census demographics, NeighborhoodScout uses dozens of custom models to transform 8.5 million raw demographic data elements from government sources into proprietary indices and insights…. Read more about Scout's Demographic Data

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Neighborhood Crime Data

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2019 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2020 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2020 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more about Scout's Crime Data

Neighborhood Crime Data

 

total Crime Index

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Safer than of U.S. neighborhoods.

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Neighborhood Violent Crime

violent Crime Index

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Safer than of U.S. neighborhoods.

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Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

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My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

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Neighborhood Property Crime

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Safer than of U.S. neighborhoods.

Property Crime Index By Type
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Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

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Neighborhood Public School Data

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:
  • Test Scores: Edfacts (U.S. Department of Education), State departments of education.
  • Expenditures: National Center for Education Statistics.
  • Educational Environment: American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau).
Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Due to Covid-19, standardized testing did not take place during the 2019-2020 academic school year. Test data: Reflects 2018 – 2019 school year.
  • Expenditures: 2018
  • Educational Environment: 2019 (latest available). Updated annually.
  • All data updated June 2021

Methodology:   Only NeighborhoodScout gives you nationally comparable school ranks based on test scores, so you can directly compare the quality of schools in any location. Read more about Scout's School Data

School Rating Information

 

School Quality

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Better than of U.S. schools.

Neighborhood School Quality Rating

Rates the quality of all K-12 public schools that serve this neighborhood. Info

Schools That Serve This Neighborhood

 
School Details Grades Quality Rating Compared to CA* Quality Rating Compared to Nation*
Bodega Bay Elementary School
1200 Canon St.
Bodega Bay, CA 94923
KG-05
Elementary School Molino High
7050 Covey Rd.
Forestville, CA 95436
09-12
Harmony Elementary School
1935 Bohemian Hwy.
Occidental, CA 95465
KG-01
Monte Rio Elementary School
20700 Foothill Dr.
Monte Rio, CA 95462
KG-08
Salmon Creek School A Charter
1935 Bohemian Hwy.
Occidental, CA 95465
02-08
* 10 is highest

Neighborhood Educational Environment

Adults In Neighborhood With College Degree Or Higher
Children In The Neighborhood Living In Poverty

This neighborhood is served by 3 districts:

WEST SONOMA COUNTY UNION HIGH


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Students Per Classroom

District Quality Compared to California

(10 is best)

Better than of CA school districts.

District Quality Compared to U.S. info

(10 is best)

Better than of US school districts.

Schools In This District

School District Enrollment By Group

Ethnic/racial Groups This District This State
White (non-hispanic)
Black
Hispanic
Asian Or Pacific Islander
American Indian Or Native Of Alaska
Economic Groups This District This State
ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED 33.4% 59.2%
FREE LUNCH ELIGIBLE 26.7% 51.8%
REDUCED LUNCH ELIGIBLE 6.7% 7.4%

Educational Expenditures

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District Quality Compared to California

(10 is best)

Better than of CA school districts.

District Quality Compared to U.S. info

(10 is best)

Better than of US school districts.

Schools In This District

School District Enrollment By Group

Ethnic/racial Groups This District This State
White (non-hispanic)
Black
Hispanic
Asian Or Pacific Islander
American Indian Or Native Of Alaska
Economic Groups This District This State
ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED 55.2% 59.2%
FREE LUNCH ELIGIBLE 44.4% 51.8%
REDUCED LUNCH ELIGIBLE 10.7% 7.4%

Educational Expenditures

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HARMONY UNION ELEMENTARY


Students Enrolled in This District


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Students Per Classroom

District Quality Compared to California

(10 is best)

Better than of CA school districts.

District Quality Compared to U.S. info

(10 is best)

Better than of US school districts.

Schools In This District

School District Enrollment By Group

Ethnic/racial Groups This District This State
White (non-hispanic)
Black
Hispanic
Asian Or Pacific Islander
American Indian Or Native Of Alaska
Economic Groups This District This State
ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED 32.6% 59.2%
FREE LUNCH ELIGIBLE 30.0% 51.8%
REDUCED LUNCH ELIGIBLE 2.6% 7.4%

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