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 82,270 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 93.57% 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%), computer science and math (10.98%), and sales jobs (10.74%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Pleasanton telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.48% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 31.94 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 Pleasanton is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Pleasanton, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Pleasanton. 61.19% 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 $55,764, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $223,056 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 Irish, English, Italian, and Portuguese.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Pleasanton's cultural character, accounting for 26.88% of the city’s population.

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