San Anselmo, CA
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Living in San Anselmo


San Anselmo is a somewhat small town located in the state of California. With a population of 12,519 people and three constituent neighborhoods, San Anselmo is the 385th largest community in California.

San Anselmo home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but San Anselmo real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

San Anselmo is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 89.40% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, San Anselmo is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in San Anselmo who work in sales jobs (15.16%), management occupations (12.97%), and business and financial occupations (8.68%).

Of important note, San Anselmo is also a town of artists. San Anselmo has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape San Anselmo’s character.

Also of interest is that San Anselmo has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.35% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

In addition, San Anselmo is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Because of many things, San Anselmo is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, San Anselmo really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is San Anselmo perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

In San Anselmo, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.75 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the town is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

In San Anselmo, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though San Anselmo is a relatively small town. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to San Anselmo, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. San Anselmo is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 73.11% 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 San Anselmo in 2010 was $72,656, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $290,624 for a family of four.

San Anselmo is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call San Anselmo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of San Anselmo residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in San Anselmo include Irish, English, German, Italian, and French.

The most common language spoken in San Anselmo is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.