Santa Clara, CA
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Santa Clara is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 126,215 people and 23 constituent neighborhoods, Santa Clara is the 48th largest community in California.

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

Santa Clara is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.66% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Santa Clara is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Santa Clara who work in computer science and math (15.67%), management occupations (11.57%), and office and administrative support (10.87%).

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

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

If knowledge is power, Santa Clara is a pretty powerful place. 54.70% of the adults in Santa Clara 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 Santa Clara in 2010 was $42,967, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $171,868 for a family of four. However, Santa Clara contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Santa Clara is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Santa Clara home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Santa Clara residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Santa Clara also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 18.52% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Santa Clara include Irish, English, Italian, and Portuguese.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Santa Clara's cultural character, accounting for 41.12% of the city’s population.

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