Thousand Oaks, CA
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Thousand Oaks is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 129,339 people and 28 constituent neighborhoods, Thousand Oaks is the 43rd largest community in California.

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

Thousand Oaks is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.30% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Thousand Oaks is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Thousand Oaks who work in management occupations (16.43%), sales jobs (13.75%), and office and administrative support (11.64%).

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

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.05% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 of many things, Thousand Oaks is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Thousand Oaks a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Thousand Oaks has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Thousand Oaks’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Thousand Oaks is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 48.68% of adults in Thousand Oaks have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Thousand Oaks in 2010 was $46,231, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $184,924 for a family of four. However, Thousand Oaks contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Thousand Oaks is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Thousand Oaks home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Thousand Oaks residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Thousand Oaks also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.03% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Thousand Oaks include English, Irish, Italian, and Russian.

In addition, Thousand Oaks has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.80%).

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