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 (16.74%), sales jobs (13.10%), and management occupations (10.42%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Valley Center telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 11.52% 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.

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Valley Center has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Valley Center has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Valley Center than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Valley Center may be for you.

One downside of living in Valley Center, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.70 minutes every day commuting to work.

The overall education level of Valley Center is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 28.96% 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 $32,304, 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 $129,216 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 Asian. 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 17.23% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Valley Center include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

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


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