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 managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Valley Center who work in management occupations (15.18%), sales jobs (14.82%), and office and administrative support (11.46%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 12.42% 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.
Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Valley Center is worth considering.
In Valley Center, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.40 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
The education level of Valley Center citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.77% of adults in Valley Center have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Valley Center in 2010 was $35,914, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $143,656 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 20.72% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Valley Center include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Valley Center is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.