Downey, CA
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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.

Unlike some cities, Downey isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Downey are a mix 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. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Downey use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Downey‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The citizens of Downey are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.89% of adults in Downey having a bachelor's degree or advanced 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.