Redwood City, CA
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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 85,925 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 85.01% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Redwood City is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Redwood City who work in management occupations (15.01%), office and administrative support (8.96%), and computer science and math (8.76%).

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 noticeable about Redwood City, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Redwood City is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Redwood City a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Redwood City is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Redwood City area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Redwood City, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Redwood City is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 50.18% 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 Redwood City in 2018 was $60,389, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $241,556 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 35.44% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Redwood City include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.

Redwood City also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 34.02%.

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