San Carlos, CA
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Living in San Carlos


San Carlos is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 30,185 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, San Carlos is the 253rd largest community in California.

San Carlos home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but San Carlos real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

San Carlos is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 93.19% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, San Carlos is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in San Carlos who work in management occupations (19.62%), business and financial occupations (11.76%), and sales jobs (9.26%).

Also of interest is that San Carlos has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

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

A relatively large number of people in San Carlos telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.07% 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.

In addition, San Carlos is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

San Carlos is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, San Carlos’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

San Carlos 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

In San Carlos, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.27 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

For the size of the city, public transportation in San Carlos is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For San Carlos, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in San Carlos. 68.28% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in San Carlos in 2018 was $90,262, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $361,048 for a family of four.

San Carlos is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call San Carlos home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of San Carlos residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in San Carlos include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.

In addition, San Carlos has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (20.28%).

The most common language spoken in San Carlos is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.