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 a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Real Estate Prices
Occidental home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Occidental real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Occidental is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Occidental is a town of professionals, construction workers and builders and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Occidental who work in management occupations (9.73%), office and administrative support (9.42%) and personal care services (7.75%).
Of important note, Occidental is also a town of artists. Occidental has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Occidental’s character.
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.
Setting & Lifestyle
Occidental is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Occidental’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Occidental has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Occidental a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.17 minutes every day commuting to work.
Being a small town, Occidental does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.