El Monte is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 115,586 people and 25 constituent neighborhoods, El Monte is the 51st largest community in California.
Housing costs in El Monte 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.
When you are in El Monte, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 36.23% of El Monte’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, El Monte is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in El Monte who work in office and administrative support (12.56%), sales jobs (9.48%), and food service (7.69%).
One downside of living in El Monte is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In El Monte, the average commute to work is 32.10 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.
A lot of people in El Monte take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in El Monte, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
The percentage of people in El Monte with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 11.57% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in El Monte in 2010 was $16,337, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $65,348 for a family of four. However, El Monte contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
El Monte is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call El Monte 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 El Monte, accounting for 65.17% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of El Monte residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in El Monte include German, English, Irish, Italian, and European.
El Monte also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 50.10%.
The most common language spoken in El Monte is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and English.