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 85,288 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 85.10% 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 service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Redwood City who work in management occupations (13.05%), sales jobs (10.75%), and office and administrative support (10.42%).
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 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.
The citizens of Redwood City are among the most well-educated in the nation: 41.29% 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 $42,063, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $168,252 for a family of four. However, Redwood City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Redwood City is a very 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 40.46% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Redwood City include Irish, Italian, English, and French .
Foreign born people are also an important part of Redwood City's cultural character, accounting for 31.87% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Redwood City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.