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 89.46% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Pleasant Hill is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Pleasant Hill who work in management occupations (16.50%), sales jobs (12.36%), and office and administrative support (12.11%).

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.

One downside of living in Pleasant Hill is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Pleasant Hill, the average commute to work is 31.26 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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Pleasant Hill is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Pleasant Hill, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, Pleasant Hill is a pretty powerful place. 51.54% of the adults in Pleasant Hill 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 Pleasant Hill in 2010 was $43,580, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $174,320 for a family of four. However, Pleasant Hill contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Pleasant Hill is a very 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 14.31% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Pleasant Hill include German, English, Italian, and Scottish.

Pleasant Hill also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 18.99%.

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