California : What you need to know

One of every eight Americans lives in California, and it’s easy to see what attracts them with the Pacific Coast, redwood forests, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mojave Desert and a Mediterranean climate. The Golden State is home to some of the country's best places to work including Google, Intel and Scripps Health.  The best places to live in California include Palo Alto, Berkeley, Santa Clara, Santa Barbara, San Jose, San Francisco and Irvine 


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California Profile

Quick Facts

Population 38,421,464
Latest Population Increase 0.00%
Median Household Income $61,818
Median Home Price $385,500
Median Property Tax $2,155
Median Rent $54

Employment Rate

  Employed 94.7%
  Unemployed 5.3%

Race

  Ethnicity White 61.8%
  Ethnicity Black 5.9%
  Ethnicity Asian 13.7%
  Ethnicity Hawaiian 0.4%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 38.4%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.7%
  Ethnicity Other 12.9%

Employment Rate

  Employed 94.7%
  Unemployed 5.3%

Educational Levels

  Bachelor's Degree 19.8%
  Associate's Degree 7.8%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 11.6%
  High School Graduate 20.7%
  Some College, No Degree 21.8%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 31.4%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 81.8%

Industry

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 2.4%
Construction 6%
Manufacturing 9.8%
Wholesale Trade 3.1%
Retail Trade 11.1%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 4.7%
Information 2.9%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 6.2%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 12.9%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 21%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 10.2%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 5.4%
Public Administration 4.5%

Housing

  Homes Rent 54.3%
  Homes Owned 45.7%

California Rankings


Best places to Live in California
Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Acalanes Ridge 1,139 $809,700 $156,953
Acampo 787 $0 $152,713
Acton 7,058 $427,100 $89,150
Adelanto 32,059 $102,500 $33,298
Adin 173 $80,000 $0
Agoura Hills 20,697 $683,500 $113,658
Agua Dulce 3,567 $560,300 $99,638
Aguanga 766 $162,100 $43,505
Ahwahnee 1,709 $305,200 $62,715
Airport 1,565 $106,300 $32,845
Alameda 76,733 $639,700 $79,312
Alamo 16,301 $1,313,200 $165,070
Albany 19,249 $675,000 $79,596
Albion 303 $0 $0
Alderpoint 311 $0 $33,015
Alhambra 84,782 $494,500 $53,582
Alhambra Valley 557 $792,200 $116,250
Aliso Viejo 49,829 $493,300 $102,367
Alleghany 116 $0 $0
Allendale 1,528 $566,300 $121,875