Pacific Grove, CA
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Pacific Grove is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 15,674 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Pacific Grove is the 350th largest community in California.

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

Pacific Grove is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.17% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Pacific Grove is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Pacific Grove who work in office and administrative support (15.72%), management occupations (14.05%), and teaching (11.75%).

There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Pacific Grove, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.

Of important note, Pacific Grove is also a city of artists. Pacific Grove has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Pacific Grove’s character.

Also of interest is that Pacific Grove 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: 10.01% 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.

Pacific Grove 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

If knowledge is power, Pacific Grove is a pretty powerful place. 52.03% of the adults in Pacific Grove 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 Pacific Grove in 2010 was $47,734, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $190,936 for a family of four. However, Pacific Grove contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Pacific Grove is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Pacific Grove home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Pacific Grove residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Pacific Grove also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.72% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Pacific Grove include Irish, English, Italian, and European.

The most common language spoken in Pacific Grove is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.