Downey is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 113,267 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.
Downey is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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%).
One downside of living in Downey is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Downey, the average commute to work is 31.26 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, Downey 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 Downey area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The population of Downey overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Downey, 21.89% 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 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.