Eureka, CA
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Living in Eureka


Eureka is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 26,710 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Eureka is the 262nd largest community in California.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Eureka is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Eureka is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Eureka who work in office and administrative support (13.54%), sales jobs (13.13%), and management occupations (10.73%).

One of the nice things about Eureka is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

One of the benefits of Eureka is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.68 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

In terms of college education, Eureka is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 28.09% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Eureka in 2018 was $28,788, which is middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $115,152 for a family of four. However, Eureka contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Eureka is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Eureka home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Eureka residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Eureka also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.84% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Eureka include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.

The most common language spoken in Eureka is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Miao/Hmong.