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.
Unlike some cities, Chula Vista isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Chula Vista are a mix 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 (14.01%), sales jobs (10.49%), and management occupations (9.41%).
Chula Vista is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Chula Vista. This makes Chula Vista a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Chula Vista presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.
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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.68 minutes every day commuting to work.
The overall education level of Chula Vista is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 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 2010 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.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Chula Vista's cultural character, accounting for 30.73% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Chula Vista is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Tagalog.