Huntington Beach, CA
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Living in Huntington Beach


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 200,641 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.

One thing noticeable about Huntington Beach, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Huntington Beach is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Huntington Beach a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

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.

One downside of living in Huntington Beach, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.73 minutes every day commuting to work.

The education level of Huntington Beach ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Huntington Beach, 42.86% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Huntington Beach in 2010 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.