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 89.96% 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 (15.83%), sales jobs (14.17%), and teaching (10.23%).

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: 8.31% 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 great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making San Anselmo a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, San Anselmo has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, San Anselmo’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In San Anselmo, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.45 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.

Even though San Anselmo is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in San Anselmo. 65.98% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in San Anselmo in 2010 was $56,821, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $227,284 for a family of four. However, San Anselmo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 English, German, Italian, and Russian.

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