Valley Center, CA
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Valley Center is a somewhat small town located in the state of California. With a population of 9,633 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Valley Center is the 421st largest community in California.

Housing costs in Valley Center 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.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Valley Center is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Valley Center is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Valley Center who work in office and administrative support (15.01%), sales jobs (12.94%), and management occupations (9.84%).

Valley Center is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Valley Center’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Valley Center is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Valley Center, the average commute to work is 33.60 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

The percentage of people in Valley Center who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.64% of adults in Valley Center have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Valley Center in 2010 was $29,684, 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 $118,736 for a family of four. However, Valley Center contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Valley Center is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Valley Center home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Valley Center residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Valley Center also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 19.96% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Valley Center include German, Irish, Italian, and Norwegian.

The most common language spoken in Valley Center is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.

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