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Redwood City, CA
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Living in Redwood City



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 80,512 people and 22 associated 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.

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: 20.56% 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.

Redwood City 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Redwood City use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Redwood City‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding taxis. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

If knowledge is power, Redwood City is a pretty powerful place. 53.14% of the adults in Redwood City have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Redwood City in 2018 was $77,982, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $311,928 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 36.14% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Redwood City include German, English, Irish, Italian, and French.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Redwood City's cultural character, accounting for 32.12% of the city’s population.

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