Pebble Beach 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 4,688 people and just one neighborhood, Pebble Beach is the 525th largest community in California.
Real Estate Prices
Pebble Beach home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Pebble Beach real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
The armed forces are a huge part of the life in Pebble Beach, employing 35.10% of the workforce. While it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy, where the Professional, scientific, and technical services and Healthcare industries employ 18.36% and 15.75% of the civilian workforce, respectively.
Of important note, Pebble Beach is also a town of artists. Pebble Beach has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Pebble Beach’s character.
Also of interest is that Pebble Beach has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 12.44% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
Pebble Beach is a place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Pebble Beach to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.
Another notable thing is that Pebble Beach is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.
A large number of seniors call Pebble Beach home: people 65 and over are 34.55% of the population. Because of the prominence of the retirement community, this is good place for the over-65 crowd to settle, as many of the town’s services and social community are geared to this demographic.
For a small town, there is also a high proportion of single, often educated, people living in Pebble Beach. This is not typical for smaller communities in America, and adds a feeling of vibrancy to Pebble Beach.
One of the nice things about Pebble Beach is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.01 minutes getting to work every day.
Despite being a small town, Pebble Beach has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.