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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, National City is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (13.74%), sales jobs (11.13%), and maintenance occupations (9.62%).
National City is home to a number of people employed in the armed forces. When you visit or walk around National City, some of the people you will bump into will be military people In and out of uniform, jogging, shopping and generally out and about town.
A relatively large number of people in National City telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.77% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.
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 National City, just 12.88% 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 $17,465, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $69,860 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 63.36% 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, Italian, French , and English.
Foreign born people are also an important part of National City's cultural character, accounting for 40.79% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in National City is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Tagalog.