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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Santa Clara is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Santa Clara area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Santa Clara. 54.70% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

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.