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". 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 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in San Carlos is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In San Carlos, the average commute to work is 30.27 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to San Carlos, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. San Carlos is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 68.28% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 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.