West Hollywood, CA
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West Hollywood is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 36,222 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, West Hollywood is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the West Hollywood area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, West Hollywood is a pretty powerful place. 62.57% of the adults in West Hollywood have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

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.

In addition, West Hollywood has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (25.87%).

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