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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 30,722 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, San Carlos is the 255th 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 93.48% 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 (21.46%), business and financial occupations (12.10%), and computer science and math (9.69%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 15.31% 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.

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.

One downside of living in San Carlos, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.19 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in San Carlos use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of San Carlos‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

If knowledge is power, San Carlos is a pretty powerful place. 68.30% of the adults in San Carlos 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 Carlos in 2018 was $95,211, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $380,844 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.

In addition, San Carlos has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (21.71%).

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