A town in California, Los Altos has just over 30,000 residents. Retirees are customary, as they make up 20% of the population compared to 14% nationally, while young adults are less well-represented. Renters tend to be in the minority in Los Altos, and 84% of residents own their homes. Relatively high rent costs could be playing a role, as the average rent of $2,071/month is higher than the state average.
With an average commute time of about 26 minutes, outperforming most cities in the state, Los Altos residents have found that getting to work isn't overly time-consuming. Many residents (36%) drive their car to work, while public transportation is not widely used. Biking is the second-most common way to get to work, opted for by 1% of workers. Few commuters walk to work.
There are two primary industries in Los Altos: scientific and manufacturing. Combined, these industries account for 21% of the city's workforce. Meanwhile, looking at job function, many of the city's residents work in management, making it the top career path in the city. Los Altos workers take home an average annual income of just over $162,000, more than the California average. Los Altos's average income also compares favorably to the national average ($73,345). Compared to the national average (7%), Los Altos has a high number of residents over the age of 25 with advanced degrees, as 28% possess a Master's degree or a Doctoral degree. In addition, 24% have earned a Bachelor's degree, which also outpaces the national average.
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