Gilroy, CA
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Gilroy is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 53,231 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Gilroy is the 175th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Gilroy 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, Gilroy is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Gilroy is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Gilroy who work in office and administrative support (11.97%), sales jobs (11.87%), and management occupations (9.68%).

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

One downside of living in Gilroy is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Gilroy, the average commute to work is 30.98 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

In terms of college education, Gilroy is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.06% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Gilroy in 2010 was $29,881, 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 $119,524 for a family of four. However, Gilroy contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Gilroy is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Gilroy 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 Gilroy, accounting for 61.09% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Gilroy residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Gilroy include Italian, Irish, English, and Portuguese.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Gilroy's cultural character, accounting for 26.27% of the city’s population.

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