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.

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 33.03 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.

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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Pleasanton. 62.91% 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 $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.