Piedmont is a somewhat small city located in the state of California. With a population of 11,135 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Piedmont is the 406th largest community in California. Much of the housing stock in Piedmont was built prior to World War II, 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 96.72% 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 (24.66%), sales jobs (12.88%), and business and financial occupations (9.34%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 13.59% 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.
In addition, Piedmont is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
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.
One downside of living in Piedmont is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Piedmont, the average commute to work is 30.81 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of Piedmont’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Even though Piedmont is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus 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. 83.45% 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 2018 was $107,983, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $431,932 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, English, Irish, European, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Piedmont is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.