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.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Gonzales is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 43.58% of the Gonzales workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Gonzales is a city of service providers, farmers, fishers, or foresters, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Gonzales who work in farm management occupations (17.83%), office and administrative support (8.41%), and sales jobs (8.38%).
Being a small city, Gonzales does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The citizens of Gonzales have a very low rate of college education: just 6.09% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, compared to a national average of 21.84% for all cities.
The per capita income in Gonzales in 2010 was $14,802, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $59,208 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 93.10% 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, Portuguese, and Jordanian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Gonzales's cultural character, accounting for 34.38% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Gonzales is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Arabic.