Monterey Park, CA
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Monterey Park is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 61,468 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Monterey Park is the 139th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Monterey Park 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.

Monterey Park is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Monterey Park is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Monterey Park who work in office and administrative support (14.39%), sales jobs (11.32%), and management occupations (8.68%).

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

One downside of living in Monterey Park, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.70 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Monterey Park is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Monterey Park area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The overall education level of Monterey Park citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.44% of adults in Monterey Park have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Monterey Park in 2010 was $25,149, which is middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $100,596 for a family of four. However, Monterey Park contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Monterey Park is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Monterey Park home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Monterey Park residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Monterey Park also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 30.08% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Monterey Park include German, European, Italian, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Monterey Park's cultural character, accounting for 53.60% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Monterey Park is Chinese. Other important languages spoken here include English and Spanish.