South Lake Tahoe, CA
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South Lake Tahoe is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 21,706 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, South Lake Tahoe is the 300th 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 (14.62%), sales jobs (10.96%), and office and administrative support (10.21%).

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 16.43 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 education level of South Lake Tahoe citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 23.24% of adults in South Lake Tahoe have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in South Lake Tahoe in 2010 was $23,865, which is middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $95,460 for a family of four. However, South Lake Tahoe contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

South Lake Tahoe is a very 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 32.33% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in South Lake Tahoe include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

In addition, South Lake Tahoe has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (19.81%).

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