Hermosa Beach is located in the South Bay region of the greater Los Angeles area and is one of the three Beach Cities. Hermosa Beach is bordered by the other two, Manhattan Beach to the north and Redondo Beach to the south and east.
The city’s beach is popular for sunbathing, beach volleyball, surfing, paddleboarding and bars. The city itself extends only about 15 blocks from east to west and 40 blocks from north to south, with the Pacific Coast Highway running down the middle. Situated on the Pacific Ocean, Hermosa’s average temperature is 70 degrees in the summer and 55 degrees in the winter. Westerly sea breezes lessen what can be high summertime temperatures in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the county and help keep the smog away 360 days of the year.
A paved path, called The Strand, runs along Hermosa’s beach from Torrance Beach in the south approximately twenty miles north to Santa Monica and the Hermosa Beach pier is at the end of Pier Avenue, which is one of the beach community’s main shopping, eating and partying areas.
The wide flat beach makes Hermosa Beach one of the most popular places to play beach volleyball, from professional to amateur. Hermosa Beach is home to the AVP Hermosa Beach Open tournament, and several amateur CBVA tournaments during the year. The Strand stretches north to Santa Monica and south to Redondo Beach, and is a popular place for walkers, joggers and biking. Of the three Beach Cities, only Hermosa Beach owns its own beach. The other two cities’ beaches are owned by the county of Los Angeles.
Hermosa Beach home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Hermosa Beach real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America. Hermosa Beach is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 93.68% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Hermosa Beach is a city of managers, professionals and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hermosa Beach who work in management occupations (25.38%), sales jobs (15.09%) and business and financial occupations (9.85%).
Of important note, Hermosa Beach is also a city of artists. Hermosa Beach has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Hermosa Beach’s character. Also of interest is that Hermosa Beach has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Hermosa Beach telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.41% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Hermosa Beach, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city. One of the nice things about Hermosa Beach is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.