The town of Arcata, California is home to just over 18,000 residents. Young adults (15-24) will fit right in, as they make up an above-average percentage of the population, while middle-aged professionals feature less prominently in the demographics. With an average age of just under 34, the city's residents are younger than most cities in California. Homeowners tend to be in the minority in the area, and 61% of residents rent their homes. The city boasts a relatively low average rent of $1,097 per month, which is considerably less than the state average.
Averaging about 18 minutes, Arcata's commute time outperforms the state average of about 32 minutes. Many residents (30%) drive themselves to work, while public transit isn't extensively used. Relatively few residents (8%) commute to work on foot, though the number far exceeds the national average.
Many Arcata residents work in one of four industries: education, entertainment, retail, and healthcare. Together, these industries account for 30% of the workforce in the city. Arcata workers bring in an average annual income of about $51,000, less than their peers elsewhere in California. Arcata's average income also falls below the national average ($73,345). Among residents over the age of 25 in Arcata, 15% possess a Bachelor's degree and 8% have a Master's degree or Doctorate.
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