San Carlos, CA
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Living in San Carlos


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 30,185 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 93.19% 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 (19.62%), business and financial occupations (11.76%), and sales jobs (9.26%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.07% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 Carlos is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Because of many things, San Carlos 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 Carlos really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is San Carlos 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.

San Carlos is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One downside of living in San Carlos, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.27 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

For the size of the city, public transportation in San Carlos is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For San Carlos, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in San Carlos. 68.28% 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 2018 was $90,262, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $361,048 for a family of four.

San Carlos is an extremely 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. Important ancestries of people in San Carlos include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.

San Carlos also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 20.28%.

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