Novato, California is a small city with a population of slightly less than 56,000. Retirees should feel right at home, as they make up 19% of the population compared to 14% nationally, while young adults account for a smaller percentage of the city. Most residents own their homes in Novato, and 33% of residents rent. Relatively high rent costs could be a factor, as the average rent of $1,752 a month is higher than the state average.
Novato has a large percentage of residents older than 25 who have advanced degrees compared to the national average (7%), as 9% possess a Master's degree or a Doctoral degree. Furthermore, 20% have a Bachelor's degree, which also outpaces the national average. There are three primary industries in Novato: retail, healthcare, and scientific. Combined, these industries make up 19% of the labor force in the city. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many of the city's residents work in sales, making it the top career path in the city. With an average annual income of nearly $106,000, Novato workers earn more than the average California resident. Novato's average income also compares favorably to the national average ($73,345).
Novato has an average commute time of about 36 minutes, longer than the state average of about 32 minutes. Driving a car or truck is the prevailing means of commuting to work, chosen by 41% of commuters, while public transportation is used by only 4% of the city. Walking (2%) isn't a common way to get to work, though the number is higher than the national average.
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