Stanford, CA

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Living in Stanford

Stanford is a medium-sized town located in the state of California. With a population of 21,150 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Stanford is the 311th largest community in California.

Stanford home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Stanford real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Stanford is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 96.01% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Stanford is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Stanford who work in teaching (34.62%), the sciences (11.15%), and office and administrative support (11.02%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Stanford has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Also of interest is that Stanford has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Stanford telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 14.42% 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.

Because Stanford has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Stanford lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Stanford is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Stanford people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

Stanford, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the town.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Stanford spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 15.86 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Stanford, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Stanford is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 93.94% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Stanford in 2018 was $37,316, 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 $149,264 for a family of four. However, Stanford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Stanford is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Stanford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Stanford residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Stanford also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.33% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Stanford include German, Irish, Italian, English, and European.

Stanford also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 27.06%.

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