Orinda

Orinda has a population of  17,643 per the 2010 census. The town is home to many affluent professionals who commute to San Francisco, downtown Oakland and Walnut Creek. Its location provides for a more rustic landscape, and Orinda’s many parks and trails make it a destination for many Bay Area hikers and naturalists.

Orinda is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 94.92% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs. Overall, Orinda is a city of professionals, managers and sales and office workers with a large percentage in management positions.

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

Primary and secondary schools
Orinda has four public elementary schools: Sleepy Hollow Elementary, Wagner Ranch Elementary, Glorietta Elementary and Del Rey Elementary. Orinda Intermediate School is the only middle school. Together, these five schools comprise the Orinda Union School District. The town’s only high school, Miramonte High School, is a part of the Acalanes Union High School District.

Both districts are noted for their academic excellence. Each district is the highest ranked in California in its category according to the state Academic Performance Index (API). Miramonte High School also features strong athletic teams and has produced many professional athletes.

Orinda, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals. In addition to being popular with young singles, Orinda is also home to many people who are educated, wealthy, executive and professional, with a special interest in great food, shops and travel. Residents tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Because of many things, Orinda is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Orinda a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. Orinda has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Orinda’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Orinda Information and Demographics
Orinda is a filled with educated residents. 73.91% of the adults in Orinda have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 19.23% for all cities and towns. The average annual income of $261,712 for a family of four is on of the highest in the area and the average home goes on the market with a list price of $1,150.000.

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

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