Topanga is a somewhat small town located in the state of California. With a population of 8,532 people and just one neighborhood, Topanga is the 435th largest community in California.
Real Estate Prices
Topanga home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Topanga real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Topanga is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 95.00% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Topanga is a town of professionals, managers and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Topanga who work in art, media, and design (18.50%), management occupations (18.12%) and sales jobs (14.76%).
Of important note, Topanga is also a town of artists. Topanga has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Topanga’s character.
Also of interest is that Topanga has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 16.85% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
In addition, Topanga is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
Because of many things, Topanga 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, Topanga really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Topanga 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.
One downside of living in Topanga is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Topanga, the average commute to work is 37.39 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.
Topanga is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.