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 61,394 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.
The armed forces are a huge part of the life in National City, employing 8.03% of the workforce. While it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy, where the Healthcare and Retail industries employ 15.11% and 15.00% of the civilian workforce, respectively.
One of the nice things about National City 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.
Many people in National City take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among National City citizens for affordable transportation.
In terms of college education, the citizens of National City rank slightly lower than the national average. 14.20% of adults 25 and older in National City have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
The per capita income in National City in 2018 was $22,054, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $88,216 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 63.46% 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, English, Italian, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of National City's cultural character, accounting for 39.19% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in National City is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Tagalog.