El Monte is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 116,732 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.
Unlike some cities, El Monte isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in El Monte are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. 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 (12.49%), sales jobs (11.26%), and food service (7.66%).
In El Monte, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.67 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.
Many people in El Monte take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among El Monte citizens for affordable transportation.
The rate of college-level education in El Monte is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 11.30% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.
The per capita income in El Monte in 2010 was $15,010, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $60,040 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 66.01% 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 White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in El Monte include Irish, English, Italian, and Swedish.
El Monte also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 50.61%.
The most common language spoken in El Monte is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and English.