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 86,200 people and 21 constituent neighborhoods, Redwood City is the 101st 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 86.21% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Redwood City is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Redwood City who work in management occupations (14.29%), sales jobs (10.31%), and office and administrative support (10.12%).
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.
One thing that you will notice about Redwood City is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Redwood City a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various 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.
The citizens of Redwood City are among the most well-educated in the nation: 46.12% of adults in Redwood City have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Redwood City in 2010 was $49,693, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $198,772 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 36.96% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Redwood City include German, Irish, Italian, English, and French.
In addition, Redwood City has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (33.97%).
The most common language spoken in Redwood City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.