Orinda is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 19,806 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 95.66% 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 (24.89%), business and financial occupations (12.96%), and sales jobs (10.39%).
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: 12.24% 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.
Orinda 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 city’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, Orinda’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One downside of living in Orinda, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.84 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.
If knowledge is power, Orinda is a pretty powerful place. 83.07% of the adults in Orinda have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Orinda in 2010 was $108,050, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $432,200 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.
Orinda also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 16.04%.
The most common language spoken in Orinda is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.