Gonzales, CA
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Gonzales is a somewhat small city located in the state of California. With a population of 8,460 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Gonzales is the 438th largest community in California.

When you are in Gonzales, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 44.54% of Gonzales’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Gonzales is a city of farmers, fishers, or foresters, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Gonzales who work in farm management occupations (21.40%), sales jobs (8.75%), and office and administrative support (8.72%).

Gonzales is a small city, and as is often the case with smaller towns, the population isn't large or dense enough to support much in the way of a public transportation system. In fact, there are many rural roads around Gonzales, which makes walking or biking to and from work a bit difficult. This makes for a very car-oriented town: 84.73% of residents commute to work by private automobile, and people often drive out of town for work, shopping, and other activities.

Being a small city, Gonzales does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

In Gonzales, just 8.44% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Gonzales in 2010 was $15,321, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $61,284 for a family of four. However, Gonzales contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Gonzales is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Gonzales 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 Gonzales, accounting for 93.67% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Gonzales residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Gonzales include German, Irish, Jordanian, and Portuguese.

Gonzales also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 34.14%.

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


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