San Anselmo, CA
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San Anselmo is a somewhat small town located in the state of California. With a population of 12,653 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 89.03% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, San Anselmo is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in San Anselmo who work in management occupations (15.67%), sales jobs (13.88%), and teaching (8.67%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in San Anselmo telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.57% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

San Anselmo is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, San Anselmo’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in San Anselmo is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In San Anselmo, the average commute to work is 33.21 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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.

If knowledge is power, San Anselmo is a pretty powerful place. 66.90% of the adults in San Anselmo 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 San Anselmo in 2010 was $58,611, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $234,444 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 German, English, Italian, and Russian.

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