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National City, CA
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Living in National City


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 56,173 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, National City is the 163rd 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.

8.08% of the workforce is employed in the armed forces, making the military a huge focus of life in National City. Even though it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy. The Healthcare and Retail industries respectively employ 15.40% and 14.98% of the civilian workforce.

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.

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.

The percentage of adults in National City with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 15.85% of adults in National City have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in National City in 2018 was $23,126, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $92,504 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 61.74% 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 Irish, German, Italian, English, and European.

Foreign born people are also an important part of National City's cultural character, accounting for 36.92% of the city’s population.

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