Pleasanton, CA
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Pleasanton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 79,510 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 91.73% 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 (18.35%), sales jobs (11.59%), and office and administrative support (9.92%).

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.

Pleasanton 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, Pleasanton’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Pleasanton, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.51 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, Pleasanton 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 Pleasanton area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Pleasanton. 57.79% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Pleasanton in 2010 was $50,972, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $203,888 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. Pleasanton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.99% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Pleasanton include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

In addition, Pleasanton has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (25.08%).

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