La Quinta is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 41,748 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, La Quinta is the 212th largest community in California.
Housing costs in La Quinta 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.
La Quinta is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.39% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, La Quinta is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in La Quinta who work in sales jobs (15.36%), management occupations (12.94%), and office and administrative support (11.55%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.22% 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.
Another notable thing is that La Quinta 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.
The citizens of La Quinta are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 36.20% of adults in La Quinta have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in La Quinta in 2018 was $48,186, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $192,744 for a family of four. However, La Quinta contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
La Quinta is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call La Quinta home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of La Quinta residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. La Quinta also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 34.67% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in La Quinta include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.
La Quinta also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.51%.
The most common language spoken in La Quinta is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.