Compton, CA

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Living in Compton

Compton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 95,605 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.

Compton is a blue-collar town, with 39.96% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 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 (14.78%), sales jobs (8.75%), and maintenance occupations (6.38%).

One downside of living in Compton, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.46 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

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.

In Compton, just 8.63% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Compton in 2018 was $17,049, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $68,196 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 67.96% 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 Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Compton include African, Italian, German, Irish, and Nigerian.

In addition, Compton has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (29.33%).

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