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. 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 96.91% 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". 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.
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.
One downside of living in Piedmont, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.70 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
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.
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.