Oceanside, CA
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Oceanside is a relatively large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 175,691 people and 33 constituent neighborhoods, Oceanside is the 27th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Oceanside 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, Oceanside isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Oceanside are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Oceanside is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Oceanside who work in office and administrative support (12.92%), sales jobs (11.73%), and management occupations (8.87%).

There are many members of the armed forces living in Oceanside. 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.

Also of interest is that Oceanside has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Oceanside 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.

The overall education level of Oceanside is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.61% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Oceanside in 2010 was $27,262, which is middle income relative to California, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $109,048 for a family of four. However, Oceanside contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Oceanside is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Oceanside home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Oceanside residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Oceanside also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 35.07% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Oceanside include English, Irish, Italian, and French .

In addition, Oceanside has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (19.85%).

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