Redwood City is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 84,292 people and 22 constituent neighborhoods, Redwood City is the 100th largest community in California.
Redwood City home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Redwood City real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Redwood City is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.65% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Redwood City is a city of professionals, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Redwood City who work in management occupations (14.88%), office and administrative support (9.18%), and computer science and math (8.39%).
Also of interest is that Redwood City 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: 9.28% 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.
Another interesting thing about Redwood City, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
One of the nice things about Redwood City is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Redwood City is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Redwood City, 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 Redwood City. 52.33% 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 Redwood City in 2018 was $61,909, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $247,636 for a family of four. However, Redwood City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Redwood City is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Redwood City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Redwood City residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Redwood City also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 36.34% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Redwood City include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Redwood City's cultural character, accounting for 32.93% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Redwood City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.