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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 11.24% 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 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.
Piedmont is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Piedmont’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
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.
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. 84.85% 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 $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.