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 128,888 people and 28 constituent neighborhoods, Thousand Oaks is the 43rd largest community in California.

Housing costs in Thousand Oaks 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.

Thousand Oaks is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.61% 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 (12.53%), and office and administrative support (10.91%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Thousand Oaks telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.05% 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Thousand Oaks is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Thousand Oaks area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Thousand Oaks is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.62% 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 $47,423, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $189,692 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 18.30% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Thousand Oaks include English, Irish, Italian, and French .

Foreign born people are also an important part of Thousand Oaks's cultural character, accounting for 18.92% of the city’s population.

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