Orinda is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 19,926 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 96.07% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Orinda is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Orinda who work in management occupations (23.75%), business and financial occupations (12.79%), and sales jobs (10.23%).
Of important note, Orinda is also a city of artists. Orinda has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Orinda’s character.
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 13.20% 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.
Because of many things, Orinda is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Orinda really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Orinda perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
One downside of living in Orinda, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 36.12 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.
Even though Orinda is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the subway for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding 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 82.55% 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 2018 was $104,659, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $418,636 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Orinda's cultural character, accounting for 17.05% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Orinda is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.