Montclair, CA
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Montclair is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 38,690 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Montclair is the 215th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Montclair 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.

Unlike some cities, Montclair isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Montclair are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Montclair is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Montclair who work in office and administrative support (15.10%), sales jobs (10.95%), and food service (6.76%).

One downside of living in Montclair is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Montclair, the average commute to work is 31.03 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

The percentage of adults in Montclair with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 13.31% of adults in Montclair have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Montclair in 2010 was $18,209, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $72,836 for a family of four. However, Montclair contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Montclair is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Montclair 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 Montclair, accounting for 68.78% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Montclair residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Montclair include Irish, English, European, and Dutch.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Montclair's cultural character, accounting for 32.90% of the city’s population.

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