Huntington Beach, CA
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Huntington Beach is a relatively large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 201,899 people and 42 constituent neighborhoods, Huntington Beach is the 23rd largest community in California.

Housing costs in Huntington Beach 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.

Huntington Beach is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.22% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Huntington Beach is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Huntington Beach who work in management occupations (13.98%), sales jobs (13.96%), and office and administrative support (11.91%).

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

One of the nice things about Huntington Beach is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

The citizens of Huntington Beach are among the most well-educated in the nation: 41.46% of adults in Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach in 2010 was $43,016, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $172,064 for a family of four. However, Huntington Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Huntington Beach is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Huntington Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Huntington Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Huntington Beach also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 19.32% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Huntington Beach include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

Huntington Beach also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 16.56%.

The most common language spoken in Huntington Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.