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Chula Vista, CA
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Living in Chula Vista



Chula Vista is a large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 279,170 people and 55 constituent neighborhoods, Chula Vista is the 15th 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.

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.69% 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.

Chula Vista is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Chula Vista is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One downside of living in Chula Vista is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Chula Vista, the average commute to work is 30.25 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

The education level of Chula Vista citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.31% of adults in Chula Vista have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Chula Vista in 2018 was $35,019, 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 $140,076 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 60.24% 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.

In addition, Chula Vista has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (29.95%).

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