Chula Vista, CA
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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 265,757 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.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Chula Vista is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (16.36%), sales jobs (11.03%), and management occupations (7.68%).

Also of interest is that Chula Vista has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

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.

The overall education level of Chula Vista is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.38% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Chula Vista in 2010 was $25,385, 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 $101,540 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. The greatest number of Chula Vista residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Chula Vista also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 58.44% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Chula Vista include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

Foreign born people are also an important part of Chula Vista's cultural character, accounting for 30.53% of the city’s population.

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