Orinda, CA
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Orinda is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 19,279 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Orinda is the 327th largest community in California.

Orinda home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Orinda real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Orinda is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 95.76% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Orinda is a city of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Orinda who work in management occupations (26.13%), sales jobs (12.26%), and business and financial occupations (11.36%).

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

A relatively large number of people in Orinda telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 12.07% 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.

Because of many things, Orinda is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Orinda a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Orinda has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Orinda’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In Orinda, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.10 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

In Orinda, a lot of people use the subway to get to work every day though Orinda is a relatively small city. Those that ride the subway are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Orinda, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Orinda is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 79.19% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Orinda in 2010 was $87,033, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $348,132 for a family of four.

Orinda is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Orinda home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Orinda residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Orinda include Irish, English, Italian, and European.

In addition, Orinda has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (15.64%).

The most common language spoken in Orinda is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Persian.