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 managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Valley Center who work in sales jobs (16.23%), office and administrative support (11.65%), and management occupations (11.44%).
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: 13.02% 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.
One downside of living in Valley Center, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.21 minutes every day commuting to work.
The population of Valley Center is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 35.19% of adults in Valley Center have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Valley Center in 2018 was $36,850, which is upper middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $147,400 for a family of four. However, Valley Center contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Valley Center is an extremely 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 27.63% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Valley Center include German, Irish, English, French, and Welsh.
The most common language spoken in Valley Center is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.