Benicia is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 28,343 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Benicia is the 264th 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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Benicia is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Benicia is a city of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Benicia who work in management occupations (17.68%), office and administrative support (12.10%), and sales jobs (8.80%).
One downside of living in Benicia is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Benicia, the average commute to work is 31.46 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
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, 42.19% 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 2010 was $47,681, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $190,724 for a family of four. However, Benicia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
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 14.84% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Benicia include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.
The most common language spoken in Benicia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.