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Stanford is a somewhat small town located in the state of California. With a population of 14,332 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Stanford is the 365th 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 98.62% 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 managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Stanford who work in teaching (37.16%), the sciences (11.61%), and office and administrative support (10.05%).

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.

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

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.

Stanford is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Stanford area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Stanford maintain a good economy.

One of the benefits of Stanford is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.49 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.

Even though Stanford is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Stanford. 93.89% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Stanford in 2010 was $30,153, 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 $120,612 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 13.60% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Stanford include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

Stanford also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 27.46%.

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