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 61,060 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 (13.89%), sales jobs (10.85%), and maintenance occupations (10.15%).

There are many members of the armed forces living in National City. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.99% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

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.

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.

In National City, just 12.71% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

The per capita income in National City in 2010 was $17,143, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $68,572 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 65.06% 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 White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in National City include German, Italian, English, and French .

In addition, National City has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (40.71%).

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