Downey, CA
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Downey is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 113,092 people and 22 constituent neighborhoods, Downey is the 53rd largest community in California.

Housing costs in Downey 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, Downey is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Downey is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Downey who work in office and administrative support (15.88%), sales jobs (12.68%), and management occupations (8.69%).

In Downey, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.26 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

The education level of Downey citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 21.89% of adults in Downey have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Downey in 2010 was $24,388, which is middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $97,552 for a family of four. However, Downey contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Downey is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Downey 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 Downey, accounting for 73.70% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Downey residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Downey include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Downey's cultural character, accounting for 33.99% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Downey is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Korean.