Sonora, CA
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Sonora is a very small city located in the state of California. With a population of 4,818 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Sonora is the 512th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Sonora 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 cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Sonora is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Sonora is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Sonora who work in sales jobs (10.34%), office and administrative support (9.85%), and management occupations (9.37%).

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.90% 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 benefits of Sonora is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.19 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.

The percentage of people in Sonora who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.22% of adults in Sonora have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Sonora in 2010 was $25,954, 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 $103,816 for a family of four. However, Sonora contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Sonora is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Sonora home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Sonora residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Sonora also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.60% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Sonora include English, Irish, Italian, and Portuguese.

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

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