Penn Valley is a very small town located in the state of California. With a population of 1,622 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Penn Valley is the 659th largest community in California.
Housing costs in Penn Valley are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Penn Valley is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Penn Valley is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Penn Valley who work in office and administrative support (15.08%), healthcare suport services (13.05%), and maintenance occupations (11.02%).
A relatively large number of people in Penn Valley telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 11.57% 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.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Penn Valley has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Penn Valley a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
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 18.98 minutes getting to work every day.
Penn Valley is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.
The percentage of adults in Penn Valley who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.51% of the adults in Penn Valley have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Penn Valley in 2010 was $20,243, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $80,972 for a family of four. However, Penn Valley contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Penn Valley home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Penn Valley residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Penn Valley include English, French , Italian, and Irish.
The most common language spoken in Penn Valley is English. Other important languages spoken here include Japanese and German.