Piedmont is a somewhat small city located in the state of California. With a population of 11,378 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 96.91% 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 (23.46%), healthcare (11.21%), and sales jobs (10.43%).
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: 11.24% 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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
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.
In Piedmont, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.70 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Despite being a small city, Piedmont has a lot of people using the subway to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the subway are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Piedmont. 84.85% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in Piedmont in 2010 was $96,594, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $386,376 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 English, German, Irish, Italian, and European.
The most common language spoken in Piedmont is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.