Fullerton, CA
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Living in Fullerton


Fullerton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 138,632 people and 28 constituent neighborhoods, Fullerton is the 42nd largest community in California.

Housing costs in Fullerton 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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Fullerton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Fullerton is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fullerton who work in sales jobs (11.76%), office and administrative support (11.74%), and management occupations (11.05%).

Also of interest is that Fullerton has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Fullerton really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Fullerton is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Fullerton more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Fullerton’s character and quality of life.

Not only is Fullerton a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

One downside of living in Fullerton, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.53 minutes every day commuting to work.

The citizens of Fullerton are among the most well-educated in the nation: 41.18% of adults in Fullerton have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Fullerton in 2018 was $34,296, which is middle income relative to California, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $137,184 for a family of four. However, Fullerton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Fullerton is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Fullerton 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 Fullerton, accounting for 37.21% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Fullerton residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Fullerton include German, English, Irish, Italian, and European.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Fullerton's cultural character, accounting for 30.13% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Fullerton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.