Eureka, CA
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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 27,017 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 (15.85%), sales jobs (11.83%), and food service (9.61%).

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.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 14.46 minutes getting to work every day.

The education level of Eureka citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 24.12% of adults in Eureka have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Eureka in 2010 was $21,291, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $85,164 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. Important ancestries of people in Eureka include Irish, English, Italian, and Norwegian.

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