Goleta, CA
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Goleta 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 30,944 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Goleta is the 244th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Goleta 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.

Goleta is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.66% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Goleta is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Goleta who work in office and administrative support (14.58%), teaching (9.87%), and sales jobs (9.86%).

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

Because there are quite a few people attending college in Goleta, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Goleta provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

Goleta is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various 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 17.70 minutes getting to work every day.

Goleta is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 41.30% of adults in Goleta have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Goleta in 2010 was $33,469, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $133,876 for a family of four. However, Goleta contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Goleta is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Goleta home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Goleta residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Goleta also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 38.31% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Goleta include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

In addition, Goleta has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (22.88%).

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