San Clemente, CA
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Living in San Clemente


San Clemente is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 64,857 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, San Clemente is the 130th largest community in California.

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

San Clemente is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.31% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, San Clemente is a city of sales and office workers, managers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in San Clemente who work in management occupations (17.13%), sales jobs (15.22%), and office and administrative support (9.73%).

Also of interest is that San Clemente 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: 13.29% 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 Clemente 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.

San Clemente is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.25% of adults in San Clemente have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in San Clemente in 2010 was $56,681, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $226,724 for a family of four. However, San Clemente contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

San Clemente is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call San Clemente home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of San Clemente residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. San Clemente also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.12% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in San Clemente include German, English, Irish, Italian, and European.

The most common language spoken in San Clemente is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.