National City, CA
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National City is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 61,363 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, National City is the 145th largest community in California.

Housing costs in National City 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.

National City is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, National City is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in National City who work in office and administrative support (14.12%), maintenance occupations (10.04%), and sales jobs (9.75%).

There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in National City, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.61% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

National City 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

National City has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, National City has quite a high level of public transit users. National City’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The citizens of National City are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 14.58% of adults in National City have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in National City in 2010 was $19,037, which is lower middle income relative to California, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $76,148 for a family of four. However, National City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

National City is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call National City 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 National City, accounting for 64.37% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of National City residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in National City include German, Irish, Italian, English, and French.

Foreign born people are also an important part of National City's cultural character, accounting for 40.15% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in National City is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Tagalog.