Chula Vista, CA
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Living in Chula Vista


Chula Vista is a relatively large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 271,651 people and 45 constituent neighborhoods, Chula Vista is the 14th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Chula Vista 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.

Chula Vista is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Chula Vista is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chula Vista who work in office and administrative support (14.01%), sales jobs (10.49%), and management occupations (9.41%).

One thing noticeable about Chula Vista, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Chula Vista is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Chula Vista a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Chula Vista is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.

Chula Vista is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Chula Vista, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.68 minutes every day commuting to work.

In terms of college education, Chula Vista is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 28.75% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Chula Vista in 2018 was $29,143, which is middle income relative to California, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $116,572 for a family of four. However, Chula Vista contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Chula Vista is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Chula Vista home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Chula Vista, accounting for 58.81% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Chula Vista residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Chula Vista include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.

Chula Vista also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 30.73%.

The most common language spoken in Chula Vista is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Tagalog.