San Carlos, CA
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San Carlos is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 29,931 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, San Carlos is the 253rd largest community in California.

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

San Carlos is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 91.85% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, San Carlos is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in San Carlos who work in management occupations (18.83%), sales jobs (10.95%), and office and administrative support (10.64%).

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

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

Because of many things, San Carlos is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making San Carlos 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 city’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 Carlos has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, San Carlos’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One of the nice things about San Carlos 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, San Carlos 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 San Carlos area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in San Carlos. 61.07% 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 Carlos in 2010 was $62,548, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $250,192 for a family of four.

San Carlos is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call San Carlos home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of San Carlos residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. San Carlos also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.74% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in San Carlos include Irish, English, Italian, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of San Carlos's cultural character, accounting for 18.78% of the city’s population.

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