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.

Valley Center is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (14.06%), sales jobs (13.27%), and management occupations (10.37%).

Also of interest is that Valley Center 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: 7.56% 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.

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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.93 minutes every day commuting to work.

In terms of college education, Valley Center is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.59% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Valley Center in 2010 was $31,746, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $126,984 for a family of four. However, Valley Center contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Valley Center is a somewhat 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 19.69% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Valley Center include Irish, German, 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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