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 61,431 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.
6.51% 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 16.17% and 14.56% 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.
A lot of people in National City take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in National City, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
In terms of college education, the citizens of National City rank slightly lower than the national average. 14.87% 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 2010 was $21,207, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $84,828 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 63.83% 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 39.79% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in National City is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Tagalog.