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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 21,175 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.

A relatively large number of people in South Lake Tahoe telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.74% 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 an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the city experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller city.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.90 minutes getting to work every day.

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: 27.87% 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 $39,807, which is upper middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $159,228 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 29.84% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in South Lake Tahoe include German, English, Irish, Italian, and European.

Foreign born people are also an important part of South Lake Tahoe's cultural character, accounting for 20.45% of the city’s population.

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