Piedmont, CA
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Piedmont is a somewhat small city located in the state of California. With a population of 11,376 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Piedmont is the 406th largest community in California. Piedmont has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

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

Piedmont is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 96.67% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Piedmont is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Piedmont who work in management occupations (22.53%), business and financial occupations (11.92%), and healthcare (10.78%).

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

Also of interest is that Piedmont 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: 9.73% 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.

In addition, Piedmont is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Piedmont 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, Piedmont really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Piedmont 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.

Even though Piedmont 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, Piedmont is a pretty powerful place. 84.05% of the adults in Piedmont 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 Piedmont in 2010 was $101,794, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $407,176 for a family of four.

Piedmont is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Piedmont home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Piedmont residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Piedmont include German, Irish, Russian, and Italian.

In addition, Piedmont has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (15.17%).

The most common language spoken in Piedmont is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.

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