San Marino, CA
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San Marino is a somewhat small city located in the state of California. With a population of 13,464 people and two constituent neighborhoods, San Marino is the 374th largest community in California. Much of the housing stock in San Marino was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

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

San Marino is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 94.68% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, San Marino is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in San Marino who work in management occupations (18.78%), healthcare (15.90%), and sales jobs (14.03%).

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

A relatively large number of people in San Marino telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.62% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 Marino is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

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

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to San Marino, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. San Marino is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 71.10% 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 Marino in 2010 was $71,767, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $287,068 for a family of four.

San Marino is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call San Marino home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of San Marino residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in San Marino include Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of San Marino's cultural character, accounting for 38.46% of the city’s population.

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