El Monte, CA
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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.

When you are in El Monte, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 35.34% 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 (12.81%), sales jobs (9.97%), and food service (7.32%).

In El Monte, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.03 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.

El Monte has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, El Monte has quite a high level of public transit users. El Monte’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

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 11.69% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in El Monte in 2010 was $15,275, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $61,100 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 65.68% 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 English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of El Monte's cultural character, accounting for 50.27% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in El Monte is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and English.