West Hollywood, CA
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West Hollywood is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 36,698 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, West Hollywood is the 227th largest community in California.

Housing costs in West Hollywood 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.

West Hollywood is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 95.14% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, West Hollywood is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in West Hollywood who work in management occupations (16.28%), art, media, and design (15.70%), and office and administrative support (12.81%).

Of important note, West Hollywood is also a city of artists. West Hollywood has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape West Hollywood’s character.

Also of interest is that West Hollywood 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: 12.05% 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in West Hollywood use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of West Hollywood‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to West Hollywood, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. West Hollywood is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 62.57% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in West Hollywood in 2010 was $57,279, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $229,116 for a family of four. However, West Hollywood contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

West Hollywood is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call West Hollywood home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of West Hollywood residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. West Hollywood also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.29% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in West Hollywood include Irish, Italian, English, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of West Hollywood's cultural character, accounting for 25.87% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in West Hollywood is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Russian.