Compton, CA
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Compton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 98,462 people and 29 constituent neighborhoods, Compton is the 71st largest community in California.

Housing costs in Compton 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.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Compton is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 36.13% of the Compton workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Compton is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Compton who work in office and administrative support (17.03%), sales jobs (9.01%), and maintenance occupations (6.46%).

One downside of living in Compton is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Compton, the average commute to work is 30.31 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Compton is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Compton area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The population of Compton has a very low overall level of education: only 6.40% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

The per capita income in Compton in 2010 was $13,847, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $55,388 for a family of four. However, Compton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Compton is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Compton 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 Compton, accounting for 66.31% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Compton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Compton include Irish, German, English, and European.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Compton's cultural character, accounting for 29.94% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Compton is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Pacific Island languages.