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.

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 89.79% 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 (16.08%), sales jobs (13.18%), and office and administrative support (11.12%).

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.

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.97% 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 very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Thousand Oaks really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Thousand Oaks perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

The citizens of Thousand Oaks are among the most well-educated in the nation: 48.78% of adults in Thousand Oaks have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Thousand Oaks in 2010 was $46,851, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $187,404 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 18.45% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Thousand Oaks include English, Irish, Italian, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Thousand Oaks's cultural character, accounting for 18.60% of the city’s population.

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