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 199,223 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 85.70% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Huntington Beach is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Huntington Beach who work in management occupations (13.54%), sales jobs (12.61%), and office and administrative support (11.16%).
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.
Another interesting thing about Huntington Beach, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
Huntington Beach 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.
One downside of living in Huntington Beach is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Huntington Beach, the average commute to work is 30.73 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.
Huntington Beach is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 42.86% of adults in Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach in 2018 was $47,078, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $188,312 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 19.99% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Huntington Beach include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Huntington Beach's cultural character, accounting for 16.17% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Huntington Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.