Pleasant Hill, CA
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Pleasant Hill is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 34,810 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Pleasant Hill is the 232nd largest community in California.

Housing costs in Pleasant Hill are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

Pleasant Hill is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.73% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Pleasant Hill is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Pleasant Hill who work in management occupations (15.33%), office and administrative support (12.93%), and sales jobs (12.73%).

Also of interest is that Pleasant Hill has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.37% 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.

One downside of living in Pleasant Hill, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.17 minutes every day commuting to work. However, 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Pleasant Hill is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Pleasant Hill area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Pleasant Hill, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Pleasant Hill is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 51.61% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Pleasant Hill in 2010 was $43,340, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $173,360 for a family of four. However, Pleasant Hill contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Pleasant Hill is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Pleasant Hill home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Pleasant Hill residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Pleasant Hill also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.57% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Pleasant Hill include German, English, Italian, and Scottish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Pleasant Hill's cultural character, accounting for 18.00% of the city’s population.

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