Santa Margarita, CA
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Santa Margarita is a very small town located in the state of California. With a population of 1,291 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Santa Margarita is the 724th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Santa Margarita are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

Unlike some towns, Santa Margarita isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Santa Margarita are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Santa Margarita is a town of service providers, construction workers and builders, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Santa Margarita who work in food service (33.50%), office and administrative support (7.10%), and personal care services (6.93%).

Of important note, Santa Margarita is also a town of artists. Santa Margarita has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Santa Margarita’s character.

A relatively large number of people in Santa Margarita telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 12.54% 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.

One of the benefits of Santa Margarita is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.22 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Being a small town, Santa Margarita does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The citizens of Santa Margarita are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 37.99% of adults in Santa Margarita have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Santa Margarita in 2018 was $34,748, which is middle income relative to California, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $138,992 for a family of four. However, Santa Margarita contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Santa Margarita is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Santa Margarita home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Santa Margarita residents report their race to be White. Important ancestries of people in Santa Margarita include German, Portuguese, Swedish, Irish, and Dutch.

The most common language spoken in Santa Margarita is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and German/Yiddish.


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