Carmel is a very small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 3,811 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Carmel is the 551st largest community in California.
Carmel home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Carmel real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Carmel is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.62% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Carmel is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Carmel who work in management occupations (19.83%), sales jobs (11.94%), and healthcare (8.87%).
Of important note, Carmel is also a city of artists. Carmel has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Carmel’s character.
And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Carmel has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.
Also of interest is that Carmel 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 Carmel telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 18.41% 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.
Another notable thing is that Carmel is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the city’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.
In addition, Carmel is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
Carmel is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
Carmel is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.
If knowledge is power, Carmel is a pretty powerful place. 66.01% of the adults in Carmel 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 Carmel in 2018 was $65,522, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $262,088 for a family of four.
Carmel is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Carmel home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Carmel residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Carmel include German, Irish, English, European, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Carmel is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.