Benicia is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 27,131 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Benicia is the 269th largest community in California.
Housing costs in Benicia are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.
Benicia is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Benicia is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Benicia who work in management occupations (15.61%), sales jobs (11.59%), and office and administrative support (11.20%).
Also of interest is that Benicia has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.40% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
One downside of living in Benicia, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.69 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Benicia is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Benicia, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The education level of Benicia ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Benicia, 42.69% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Benicia in 2018 was $52,942, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $211,768 for a family of four.
Benicia is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Benicia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Benicia residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Benicia also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.86% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Benicia include Irish, German, English, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Benicia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.