Pleasanton, CA
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Living in Pleasanton


Pleasanton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 82,372 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Pleasanton is the 112th largest community in California.

Pleasanton home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Pleasanton real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Pleasanton is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 93.31% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Pleasanton is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Pleasanton who work in management occupations (18.71%), computer science and math (12.09%), and sales jobs (10.54%).

Also of interest is that Pleasanton 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: 7.33% 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.

Because of many things, Pleasanton 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, Pleasanton really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Pleasanton 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.

One downside of living in Pleasanton is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Pleasanton, the average commute to work is 33.03 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Pleasanton use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Pleasanton‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

If knowledge is power, Pleasanton is a pretty powerful place. 62.91% of the adults in Pleasanton 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 Pleasanton in 2010 was $64,504, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $258,016 for a family of four.

Pleasanton is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Pleasanton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Pleasanton residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Pleasanton include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Pleasanton's cultural character, accounting for 30.23% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Pleasanton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Langs. of India and Chinese.