Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
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Rancho Palos Verdes is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 42,732 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Rancho Palos Verdes is the 200th largest community in California.

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

Rancho Palos Verdes is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 92.00% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Rancho Palos Verdes is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rancho Palos Verdes who work in management occupations (19.89%), sales jobs (12.73%), and office and administrative support (10.94%).

Of important note, Rancho Palos Verdes is also a city of artists. Rancho Palos Verdes has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Rancho Palos Verdes’s character.

Also of interest is that Rancho Palos Verdes 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: 8.94% 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.

Rancho Palos Verdes 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, Rancho Palos Verdes’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Rancho Palos Verdes is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One downside of living in Rancho Palos Verdes is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Rancho Palos Verdes, the average commute to work is 32.66 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Rancho Palos Verdes, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Rancho Palos Verdes is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 64.81% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Rancho Palos Verdes in 2010 was $57,201, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $228,804 for a family of four.

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

In addition, Rancho Palos Verdes has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (26.53%).

The most common language spoken in Rancho Palos Verdes is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Japanese.