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 61,431 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.

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 (14.12%), maintenance occupations (10.04%), and sales jobs (9.75%).

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 8.61% 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.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various 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. 14.58% 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 $19,037, which is lower middle income relative to California, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $76,148 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 64.37% 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.

In addition, National City has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (40.15%).

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