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South Lake Tahoe, CA
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Living in South Lake Tahoe


South Lake Tahoe is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 21,330 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, South Lake Tahoe is the 308th largest community in California.

Housing costs in South Lake Tahoe 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, South Lake Tahoe is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, South Lake Tahoe is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in South Lake Tahoe who work in food service (13.13%), office and administrative support (12.04%), and sales jobs (11.51%).

A relatively large number of people in South Lake Tahoe telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.18% 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.

Another notable thing is that South Lake Tahoe is a major vacation destination. Much of the city’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, South Lake Tahoe’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

One of the benefits of South Lake Tahoe is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.02 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.

In terms of college education, South Lake Tahoe is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 27.39% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in South Lake Tahoe in 2018 was $37,404, which is upper middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $149,616 for a family of four. However, South Lake Tahoe contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

South Lake Tahoe is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call South Lake Tahoe home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of South Lake Tahoe residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. South Lake Tahoe also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 28.17% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in South Lake Tahoe include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.

In addition, South Lake Tahoe has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (19.82%).

The most common language spoken in South Lake Tahoe is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.